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Steam Deck reportedly cannot run some of the most popular games on PC, but what of the fighting game selection?

Luckily, it seems like mostly good news at the moment

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • July 19, 2021 at 3:40 p.m. PDT • Comments: 25

Valve decided to jump into the realm of handheld gaming last week with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch-like Steam Deck though there's many questions floating around currently about what we'll actually be able to play on the device upon release.

According to ProtonDB via PC Gamer, many of the most popular games on Steam would not be compatible with the Steam Deck right now including the likes of Destiny 2, Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege, but what does that mean for the fighting game selection on the new hybrid system.

Looking through ProtonDB's user reports, it looks like mostly good news for our genre of choice aside from a handful of notable games and series.

As things stand right now, Dragon Ball FighterZ may have the largest issues of the bunch since online play cannot be used at all.

This is due to the issue anti-cheat software found in DBFZ and the games like Destiny 2 mentioned above currently is not compatible with Linux operating systems, which powers the SteamOS on the Steam Deck.

These PC games made for Windows are made to work on Linux through the feature / software first released by Valve in 2018 called Proton.

It opens the door for a ton of titles to be played on Linux-based computers, but can also make other odd issues arise as a side effect.

All of the BlazBlue games available on Steam, including Cross Tag Battle and Centralfiction, have issues starting up or crashing after playing / trying to connect to the online servers.

Proton users are reporting Guilty Gear Strive can't display some cinematics or in-game videos correctly while Accent Core Plus R apparently takes much longer to update ranks after playing online.

Luckily, pretty much every other major fighting game like Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Mortal Kombat 11 and others run near perfectly for the most part.

These compatibility issues may be alleviated by the time that the Steam Deck actually releases, as Valve states they're working to expand Proton's abilities for the handheld, including working on support for those anti-cheat solutions.

The new SteamOS for Steam Deck will also likely be much better tuned and suited for running games through Proton than a general Linux OS, so the other problems involved with running the games hopefully won't be present on the system.

Steam Deck will be available starting at $399 USD to up to $649 with shipments going out beginning in December 2021.

Valve's new foray into hardware seems to be taking fighting games into consideration in some fashion since their promotional images include depictions of the Steam Deck running Guilty Gear Strive with an arcade stick and Hit Box controller plugged in.

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