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Here Are The List Of Games You Can't Play On Steam Deck

by Liana Ruppert on Jul 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM

Not long after Nintendo revealed its Switch OLED handheld, Valve came out and said, "hold my beverage of choice," and revealed its Steam Deck machine. A larger and clunkier version of the Switch, at least in appearance, the Valve machine's library opens up far beyond Nintendo's library, giving players a chance to check out games like Baldur's Gate 3 and other library picks from anywhere they choose with the handheld. That being said, not every game is playable on the newly revealed platform, so here is the list of games you can't play on Steam Deck. 

Games You Can't Play On Steam Deck

Before we dive into the "why" you can't play these games on the Steam Deck, let's first look at the games themselves: 

  • Apex Legends
  • Black Desert Online
  • DayZ
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Fall Guys
  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Paladins
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Smite

As a dedicated Destiny 2 player myself, that Bungie inclusion hurts a little bit because I smacked down a pre-order as soon as the broken Steam Store finally opened up the floodgates. While disappointing, there is actually an understandable reason why certain games couldn't make that final stretch. 

Why Can't You Play These Games? 

According to Protondb (via PC Gamer), some games aren't compatible with the Steam Deck because of how they are developed for consoles and how the Deck is Linux-based. Valve did make it to where Windows-based games can run on the Deck, though not everything could be made to work properly. You'll also note that the games listed share one thing in common: online multiplayer experiences. With certain MP games and the anti-cheat software they employ, the choice of going the Linux route is a double-edged sword. That's where the cut games list comes in.

With the above multiplayer games just not doable, that doesn't mean that the library is small. Indie games, PC-only titles, and the majority of your Valve library can be played in the palm of your hand. It's also important to remember that even though these games can't run on the Steam Deck, that doesn't mean they necessarily will be off the table forever. Who knows, maybe Valve will look into a Windows option in the future? For now, let's just focus on the release, which is now slated for Q1 2022 for many that pre-ordered. 

You can learn more about the Steam Deck machine right here


Thoughts on the Steam Deck and what it can and cannot run? Sound off in the comment section below, even if it's just to lament the no Destiny compatibility. 

Products In This Article

Destiny 2cover

Destiny 2

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC
Release Date:
September 6, 2017 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC), 
December 8, 2020 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)
Apex Legendscover

Apex Legends

Platform:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
February 4, 2019 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), 
March 9, 2021 (Switch)
Rainbow Six Siegecover

Rainbow Six Siege

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
December 1, 2015 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), 
December 1, 2020 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegroundscover

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Platform:
Xbox One, Stadia, PC, iOS, Android
Release Date:
December 20, 2017 (Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android), 
April 28, 2020 (Stadia)
Dead by Daylightcover

Dead by Daylight

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android
Release Date:
June 14, 2016 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), 
April 16, 2020 (iOS, Android), 
November 10, 2020 (Xbox Series X/S), 
November 12, 2020 (PlayStation 5)
DayZcover

DayZ

Platform:
PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date:
2014
Smitecover

Smite

Platform:
Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockoutcover

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Platform:
Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
August 4, 2020 (PlayStation 4, PC), 
2021 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch)
Paladinscover

Paladins

Platform:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Black Desertcover

Black Desert

Platform:
Xbox One
Release Date:
Hunt: Showdowncover

Hunt: Showdown

Platform:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
August 27, 2019 (Xbox One, PC), 
February 18, 2020 (PlayStation 4)