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36 Multiplayer Games You Can't Play On The Steam Deck


36 Multiplayer Games You Can't Play On The Steam Deck

At the end of February, you can buy the Steam Deck. Meanwhile, we also know games that work on the Steam Deck. However, some multiplayer games are officially not supposed to run. We explain what they are.

What is the Steam Deck? The Stream Deck is a handheld gaming PC. You can use the device to play Steam games right on the couch. The Steam Deck shares similarities with the Nintendo Switch but appeals to a very different audience.

Anyone who now wants to buy the Steam Deck for the daily multiplayer rounds should perhaps reconsider. Because Valve, the developer behind the Steam Deck, has been checking games and whether they run on the Steam Deck for some time. And a number of multiplayer titles do not work so far.

Because Valve does not rely on Windows for its Steam Deck but on an operating system called SteamOS. After the announcement, this caused discussions about what you can gamble on the device at all .

Valve tests whether games work on the Steam deck

What does "Verified for Steam Deck" mean? Valve is currently checking whether and which games work with the Steam deck. In an interview, Valve also confirmed that all games should run on the Steam Deck in the future.

Valve initially assumes that you leave Steam OS installed on the Steam Deck. This list is constantly expanding and there are four tiers in Valve's testing system:

  • Verified: this means the games work very well
  • Playable: this means that you may have to adjust settings yourself
  • Unsupported: these games will not run on the Steam Deck
  • Unknown: Valve has not reviewed the games yet, but will test them in the future.

But it is also important that it is not a rigid system. Games can also switch from verified back to playable if developers change engines or use new copy protection.

So far, some multiplayer games in particular are among the games that are currently not running on the Steam Deck.

36 multiplayer games that don't currently run on the Steam Deck

Why aren't the games working? All titles have the comment "This product's anti-cheat is not configured to support Steam Deck." This means that the anti-cheat does not work and the game does not start. However, anti-cheat is a prerequisite for many multiplayer games in order to be able to detect cheaters, for example.

Steam Deck relies on Steam OS as the operating system. This is not Windows, but a Linux operating system. This means that there are a few limitations for games that do not exist under Windows. Anti-cheat programs have problems with Linux.

We cannot tell you if and when Valve will find a solution here in the future. However, Valve had stated that they wanted to take care of the problems.

Which games are not running? The following multiplayer titles are currently not running on the Steam Deck (as of February 11, 2022). We update the list regularly for you. The games are sorted alphabetically if you are looking for a specific game.

  • Arche Age: Unchained
  • Black Squad
  • Black Desert
  • Bless Unleashed
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Closers
  • Conan Exiles
  • Crossout
  • Deadside
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Digimon Masters Online
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Friday the 13th: The Game
  • For Honor
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Gears 5
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Hell Let Loose
  • Insurgency
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Last Oasis
  • New World
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • Outriders
  • PlanetSide 2
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
  • Rogue Company
  • Soulworker
  • Scavengers
  • Tom Clancy´s Rainbow Six Siege
  • The Crew 2
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • Z1 Battle Royale

Alternatively, you can of course also install Windows on the Steam Deck. All other games should work this way too. However, this only applies to those of you who don't shy away from the effort and want and can install a new operating system.

Alternatives to the Steam Deck: Do you feel too limited by SteamOS or don't feel like installing Windows? In addition to the Steam Deck, there are other handheld consoles that you can also use to gamble on the go.