Fortunately, it seems like mostly good news at the moment
Valve decided to jump into the realm of handheld gaming last week with the announcement of the Nintendo Switch-like Steam Deck, although it’s currently floating around the question of what we̵
According to ProtonDB via PC Gamer, many of the most popular games on Steam would not be compatible with Steam Deck right now, including such as Destiny 2, Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege, but what does that mean for the fighting game selection on the new hybrid system.
If we look through ProtonDB’s user reports, it looks like mostly good news for our selected genre apart from a handful of notable games and series.
The way things look right now, Dragon Ball FighterZ may have the biggest editions of the gang since online games cannot be used at all.
This is due to the problem with anti-cheat software found in DBFZ, and the games like Destiny 2 mentioned above are currently not compatible with Linux operating systems, which run SteamOS on Steam Deck.
These PC games made for Windows are made to work on Linux through the feature / software that was first released by Valve in 2018, called Proton.
It opens the door to lots of titles to be played on Linux-based computers, but can also cause other strange problems to occur as a side effect.
All BlazBlue games available on Steam, including Cross Tag Battle and Centralfiction, have trouble starting or crashing after playing / trying to connect to the online servers.
Proton users report that Guilty Gear Strive cannot display any movies or game videos properly while Accent Core Plus R apparently takes much longer to update the rankings after playing online.
Fortunately, pretty much every other major fighting game like Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, Mortal Kombat 11 and others runs perfectly for the most part.
These compatibility issues can be alleviated when Steam Deck is actually released, as Valve says they are working to expand Proton’s capabilities for the handheld, including working to support the anti-cheat solutions.
The new SteamOS for Steam Deck will probably also be much better configured and suitable for running games through Proton than a general Linux OS, so the other issues involved in running the games will hopefully not be present on the system.
Steam Deck will be available from $ 399 USD to up to $ 649 with shipments starting in December 2021.
Valve’s new hardware attacks seem to take fighting games into account in one way or another, as their promotional images include depictions of Steam Deck running the Guilty Gear Strive with an arcade stick and Hit Box controllers connected.