Have you picked up a Steam Deck or are possibly considering buying one but you want to know if you can play Valorant on the portable console? Valorant is not a Steam-based game, so lots of people want to know if they can play it on their Steam Deck. Let’s jump in and find out.
Can You Play Valorant On A Steam Deck?
No, you can not play Valorant on the Steam Deck. Valorant is unfortunately one of the most popular games not available on the Steam deck due to compatibility issues.
Why Does Valorant Not Work On Steam Deck
The Steam Deck runs on Steam OS which is a Linux-based operating system. Valve has created a software called Proton which is a compatibility layer allowing Windows-based games to be played on the Steam Deck.
This is great because it allows thousands more games to be played on your Steam Deck. The problem with Valorant is the Anti-Cheat software. There are currently problems between this anti-cheat and Valve’s proton software. They are not compatible together.
Unless the devs working on the Anti-cheat software work with Valve to make the two software compatible then it is unlikely we will see Valorant on the Steam Deck anytime soon. Hopefully, they can come together soon so we can see play Valorant on the go.
Install Valorant With A Workaround
Some people have been able to get Valorant up and running on their consoles using a workaround. They actually install the full Windows 10 operating system on their Steam Deck then play Valorant the same way you would on a normal PC.
Check out this tutorial below from The Phawx on how to Install Windows 10 on your Steam Deck.
Once you have Windows 10 installed you can simply install Valorant through the Epic Games Launcher.
So there you have it, unfortunately, Valorant is unable to be installed on the Steam deck with the native Steam OS. Hopefully, in the near future, these companies will come together to make Valorant work on the Steam Deck.
In the meantime, if you want to play Valorant on the Steam Deck, you will have to install Windows 10 on your device and then install Valorant.
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