One of many very first belongings you’ll need to do with a Steam Deck handheld gaming PC is determine the way to set up non-Steam video games on it. Positive, the Steam catalog has over 50,000 video games, and a whole bunch are already verified as Steam Deck-friendly, however nobody likes being locked right into a single storefront. The Epic Video games Retailer and Good Previous Video games (GOG) are two of the most important opponents, together with stand-alone companies like EA Play and Microsoft’s PC Sport Go service.
The Epic platform is particularly notable as a result of it is the PC dwelling of Fortnite… and since the Epic Video games Retailer is understood for providing a gradual stream of free video games that players can add to their libraries. For now, Fortnite is not operating on Steam Deck, however lots of the different video games on that service will run after somewhat back-end tinkering.
Determining the way to run non-Steam video games and apps on the Steam Deck has fallen to a military of devoted Linux players, a lot of whom have already spent years figuring out the way to run Home windows video games on Linux (which is what’s below the hood of the Steam Deck’s SteamOS). This neighborhood has not disenchanted, providing hacks, tweaks and tutorials on Reddit, YouTube and devoted web sites.
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I’ve already gotten some video games from GOG.com operating on the Steam Deck, however following this tutorial from Gaming On Linux (a superb web site and YouTube channel) obtained me taking part in video games from my Epic Video games Retailer library too. Our colleagues at GameSpot even have a superb tutorial right here.
When you have your Steam Deck in hand, this is the way to get the Epic Video games Retailer put in. This will probably be a lot simpler when you’ve got a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse linked.
Begin by going to Steam > Settings > Energy > Change to Desktop. That may take you to the traditional-looking Linux desktop view. Firefox is already put in as an online browser, however you possibly can add Chrome or different browsers as nicely.
Obtain the Epic Video games Retailer app from this hyperlink, and reserve it to the system’s downloads folder. The bundle you obtain will probably be referred to as EpicInstaller-13.0.0.msi.
Here is the tough half: Do not click on on that installer. Do not attempt to run it as-is. It is counterintuitive, sure. As an alternative, launch the desktop model of Steam. There ought to be a shortcut on the desktop for that already; in any other case seek for it.
When you’re within the Steam app, go to the highest menu and observe this path: Video games > Add a Non-Steam Sport to My Library. Within the ensuing pop-up window, navigate to your Downloads folder and choose that EpicInstaller-13.0.0.msi file.
However we’re not accomplished but. I advised you this was somewhat concerned. Now that the Epic Installer is in your Steam video games checklist, right-click it and go to Properties > Goal. You will have to search out the proper location to hyperlink this shortcut. For those who’ve left all the things on the default settings, it ought to be right here:
“/dwelling/doorstop/.native/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/[numerical_identifier]/pfx/drive_c/Program Information (x86)/Epic Video games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win32/EpicGamesLauncher.exe”
And below Properties > Begin In, the hyperlink is analogous (however not precisely the identical):
“/dwelling/doorstop/.native/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/[numerical_identifier]/pfx/drive_c/Program Information (x86)/Epic Video games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win32/”
The quotes are essential, so depart these in.
You are now ready to launch the Epic Games Store from the Steam Deck. The shortcut is called EpicInstaller by default, but don’t worry: It’ll launch the actual Epic app. The first time may take a while, and you’ll have to log in and probably input a two-factor authentication code sent to your email.
Once the app launches, you can try installing different games from your Epic library. Just like the Steam store, some games will work and others won’t. And you’ll need to make sure there’s enough free storage space for the games you want to install.
I had great luck with both casual titles like Among Us and traditional full-featured games like The Outer Worlds.
Even though this was a complex process the first time, it’ll be easier to get back to going forward, because now the Epic Games Store is accessible from the normal Steam Deck interface. Just reboot out of Desktop mode into the handheld SteamOS view and navigate to Steam > Library > Non-Steam, and the same EpicInstaller shortcut will be there. Launch it and you’re right back in the Epic Games Store.
Is it the most attractive implementation? No. Does it work? Yes.
As I said in my Steam Deck review, this is a device for people who have a PC gamer’s adventurous spirit and knack for experimentation and troubleshooting. It’s certainly more trouble than downloading and running a game on a Nintendo Switch or PS5, but it’s more flexible if you’re willing to put in the effort.