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What Games You Can't Play on Steam Deck With SteamOS

SteamOS might be the biggest downside of Steam Deck.

By Mehrdad Khayyat

July 19, 2021

Steam Deck is something special, and definitely a tempting offer from Valve, but do you know what games you cant play on Steam Deck without changing the operating system?

When announcing Steam Deck, Valve claimed that you will be able to bring your Steam Library to a handheld, portable gaming PC, but is it true? A short answer would be “yes,” but it’s not that simple.

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Steam Deck is probably the closest thing to a portable gaming PC in the scale of a Nintendo Switch. The device comes with a lot of innovative and surprising capabilities, but not all the functionalities are simply accessible.

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What Games You Cant Play on Steam Deck

Games That Are Not Available on SteamOS:

Steam Deck is supposed to run a Linux-based SteamOS as its official operating system. Now, there are two downsides to using such an operating system in Steam Deck. The first one is you wouldn’t be able to run any game that is not available on Steam. This includes some largely popular titles that you can see a list of them down below:

  • Call of Duty Warzone
  • Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
  • Overwatch
  • League of Legends
  • Valorant
  • Minecraft
  • World of Warcraft
  • Rocket League
  • Genshin Impact
  • Hearthstone
  • StarCraft 2
  • Escape From Tarkov

Games That Are Not Compatible With SteamOS:

Secondly, Steam Deck will not be able to run all the games on Steam. To be more specific, some multiplayer games that utilize an anti-cheat system will not be playable on Steam Deck as SteamOS is not supported by anti-cheat programs due to its Linux nature.

  • PUBG
  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Dead By Daylight
  • DayZ
  • Smite
  • Paladins
  • Black Desert Online
  • Hunt Showdown
  • Fall Guys

How You Can Play Everything on Steam Deck

According to Valve, if you find it hard to use SteamOS, you can reformat the device and install Microsoft Windows as your operating system, which allows you to run any game on the platform. However, keep in mind that Steam Deck delivers the best experience when using SteamOS.

So, it remains unknown that how the hardware performance of Steam Deck could be affected by replacing SteamOS with Windows 10.

Steam Deck will be available earlier in 2022. You can not pre-order now, but you can reserve one if you want t.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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