A few days after its launch, the Steam Deck still has many surprises in store for us, both good and bad.
February 28 marked the start of deliveries of the Steam Deck, Valve’s hybrid PC. After months of speculation on the exact functioning of the machine, the software supported or the possibilities of gameplay, each question begins to find its answer, often by means of scattered announcements and concerning a lot of different subjects. We take stock of the latest news from the Steam Deck.
Elden Ring got a welcome hotfix patch
From Software’s RPG, which was released only 3 days before the Steam Deck, still has some launch and optimization issues, especially on PC and Steam Deck. Indeed, many players have reported display bugs, untimely crashes or even framerate drops, in addition to server problems and endless queues.
But it seems that for the past few hours, the game has been running much better on Steam Deck, even though the PC version is still chaotic. This is due to an update from Proton, which links to the machine’s Linux operating system. Windows is therefore not subject to this update. If the bugs aren’t completely gone, they’re much less frequent, so players should have less trouble adventuring smoothly.
The graphics team has been hard at work on optimizing ELDEN RING for Steam Deck. Fixes for heavy stutter during background streaming of assets will be available in a Proton release next week, but are available to test now on the bleeding-edge branch of Experimental.
– Pierre-Loup Griffais (@Plagman2)
Do not play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck!
If some games, like Elden Ring, still have some adaptation problems, some others are downright not supported at all. This is the case of Fortnite, but also of Destiny 2, an extremely popular shooter developed by Bungie. The studio, in a blog post, confirms that the game will never be available on Steam Deck. Worse still, players who use this platform anyway could be banned. He explains :
” Destiny 2 is not supported on the Steam Deck or any system using Proton from Steam Play unless Windows is installed and running. Players attempting to launch Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck via SteamOS or Proton will be unable to access the game and will be returned to their game library after a short time. Players attempting to circumvent Destiny 2 incompatibility may be subject to a game ban.
A news that does not delight the fans, and there is reason. Especially since Bungie does not provide an explanation for this decision. This could, however, have to do with anti-cheat software compatibility, just like Fortnite.
Cloud gaming at your fingertips, starting with Stadia
Finally, Google Stadia user fans can rejoice, it seems that the cloud gaming service is almost functional on the Steam Deck. Indeed, by installing Google Chrome on the machine, then you can go to Stadia and run your game library directly on it. Be careful though, it seems that the joysticks and button controls are not always responsive.
Some users who have tested the feature say that touchpads (which sit below the buttons) are better supported by the service. No other cloud gaming subscriptions are available at this time, although Valve has already explained that it’s not against bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming – and even Xbox Game Pass – to the Steam Deck.