Valve’s Steam Deck handheld won’t have any exclusive games, however it’s slowly filling in some holes in its Home windows recreation library — Valve says Arma 3, DayZ, Unturned, and Planetside 2 now have functioning BattlEye anti-cheat once you’re utilizing the Proton compatibility layer to play Home windows games in Linux. That brings the overall to 6 games, together with Ark: Survival Advanced and Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. (These two already had assist as of November 8th.)
That compatibility is necessary for Linux generally (and the Steam Deck handheld particularly) as a result of they don’t play Home windows games out of the field except they work with Proton, and third-party anti-cheat software program is thought to intervene.
However for two of the preferred flavors of anti-cheat, this shouldn’t be a troublesome repair! Epic Games has stated enabling Straightforward Anti-Cheat (EAC) in Proton ought to take “just some clicks” within the recreation developer portal. Valve has stated enabling BattlEye is as easy as sending an email.
And but, the builders in control of lots of the high anti-cheat games on Steam have been unwilling or unable to substantiate whether or not they’ll really ship that e mail or make these clicks, together with Bungie, Crytek, EA, Krafton, Microsoft, and Ubisoft.
Whereas many high games run on the Steam Deck, we don’t presently know if Apex Legends, Future 2, Halo, or PUBG might be amongst them, for instance. Epic would additionally not decide to Fortnite, regardless of enabling Straightforward Anti-Cheat for Proton generally. That’s not a Steam title, although, and Epic does see Valve as a competitor.