Microsoft outlines Steam Deck support for its first-party games
You don’t need to rely on any special tool to know whether or not a Microsoft game will play properly on your Steam Deck. The edge Microsoft has released a list of Xbox Game Studios titles you can play on Valve’s handheld, and that’s mostly good news. Recent versions like Death Loop and Psychonauts 2 are listed as “verified” (i.e. known to play well), and you can expect 2017 Prey to thrive.
Forza Horizon 5 (and 4), sea of thieves, Fallout 4 and Quantum Break are some of the games labeled as “playable”. They should work, but you may need to spend more time setting them up or dealing with quirks (like using the on-screen keyboard).
However, you’re out of luck if you want to play some of Microsoft’s best-known games. Speeds 5, Halo: Master Chief Collection, Infinite Halo and Flight Simulator X are all considered “unsupported” due to their anti-cheat tools.
This list only includes games offered by Microsoft on Steam. You’ll have to install Windows (and lose official Valve support) if you insist on playing the company’s wider catalog. Microsoft has said Steam Deck compatibility is up to individual studios, so don’t be surprised if a previously unviable game becomes playable in the future.
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