Steam Deck will be unable to play Fortnite, Epic Games confirms

One of the most popular games Fortnite will not play on Steam Deck, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has confirmed.

Steam Deck is set to release later this month however it seems that Fortnite won’t be playable on the console because the developer Epic Games doesn’t feel confident about its ability to combat cheating.

Tim Sweeney said users will have to install Windows on the device if they wish to play the game as they don’t feel confident that they would be able to stop cheating on a custom Linux configuration.

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Steam Deck uses the platform Linux for its console and compatibility layer called Proton so that Steam games compiled for Windows can run on it.

When asked whether or not Fortnite would run on Steam Deck, Tim Sweeney said: “Fortnite no, but there’s a big effort underway to maximize Easy Anti Cheat compatibility with Steam Deck.

He added: “We don’t have confidence that we’d be able to combat cheating at scale under a wide array of kernel configurations including custom ones.”

Sweeney then said that Linux was “a terrifically hard audience to serve given the variety of incompatible configurations” and “and if you subdivide it by blessed kernel versions then it’s even smaller”.

The good news is that the Steam Deck will allow you to install Windows if you want to.

On Valve’s new FAQ, the company addressed BIOS and dual booting on Steam Deck. The company said: Multi-boot is supported – you can have multiple OSes installed and choose which one to boot into. Users will have access to the BIOS menu.”

Not only can you dual boot Windows, but Valve says that you can launch an operating system from an SD card, which will save valuable space, especially if you choose to go with the cheaper Steam Deck with less storage.

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