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SteamDeck can’t play Apex Legends, Destiny 2, R6 Siege & more

Fingers crossed that associated issues are resolved by December.

The SteamDeck won’t be able to play a variety of popular multiplayer shooters including Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and Rainbow Six Siege, it’s recently been revealed.

ProtonDB (via PC Gamer) reports that a number of popular multiplayer titles will be unplayable thanks, in great part, to their anti-cheat systems; a portion of the difficulty seems attributed to Proton, a feature created to run Windows-based games on the SteamDeck’s Linux-based operating system. In short, the SteamDeck will be able to open the games up but users won’t be able to actually compete against others.

A list of titles include:

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

Valve has said it will try to improve upon Proton, so this may be a non-issue by the time the SteamDeck arrives in December. We’ll keep you informed if anything changes in regards to these popular games.

The SteamDeck is a handheld PC, styled in the same way as Nintendo’s Switch, but capable of playing far more games. It will retail for $399 USD, though Australians aren’t able to register for one as yet.

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