When Valve announced the Steam Deck earlier this week, it promised PC gaming on the go with its built-in compatibility with the Steam Library. However, some software issues may render some of the platform’s most popular games unplayable.
According to a report by ProtonDB (via PC Gamer), the Steam Deck as it is currently may not be able to run several of Steam’s most popular games, including Destiny 2, Apex Legends, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege.
The problem stems from the operating system on the Steam Deck that allows Steam to run on it. SteamOS has been paired with a feature called Proton, which in most cases expands the ability for games to work without much (or any) developer updates. However, Proton is also the reason why some of the games may not work as it seems like anti-cheat software within these games somehow don’t mix well with Proton.
Valve has made a statement on the Steam Deck’s site, claiming that they are “vastly improving Proton’s game compatibility for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with vendors.”
The Steam Deck is built to run some of the more high-intensity games flawlessly (although valid questions are raised surrounding the battery life). Not being able to play some of the platform’s most popular games is certainly not ideal. Hopefully fixes to SteamOS and Proton lead to less compatibility issues.