Fortnite, even almost five years after its release, is still one of the most popular games around the world. Millions of players still log in each week to take part in Epic Games’ ever-changing battle royale landscape. At the time of its release, Fortnite was a truly revolutionary experience that completely altered the gaming landscape for years to come. Well, five years later, there’s something else on the market that could accomplish the same thing: Steam Deck.
Valve’s new device is essentially a portable PC that users can use to play games on the go. During the time leading up to the release of the Steam Deck, it was thought that Fortnite would not be part of the list of games players could download. epic games CEO Tim Sweeney declared that Epic did not trust Valve’s Easy Anti-Cheat software to stop cheaters when using custom kernels on the Linux platform. As such, Epic Games said that it would not be updating Fortnite to be able to run the Steam Deck after it was released.
However, there is a simple solution for users to play Fortnite directly from their Steam Deck.
How to play Fortnite on Steam Deck
After the initial release of the Steam Deck, Microsoft announced that Fortnite would be released on Xbox Cloud Gaming. This cloud-based service is usually a free product for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. However, for Steam Deck users, no subscription is needed to access the service. According to Microsoft themselves, all players need is a legitimate Microsoft account and their Steam Deck. However, there are also some complicated steps for gamers to sign in to their account and access the Xbox Cloud.
The steps to start playing Fortnite on the Steam Deck are outlined below.
- Launch Steam Deck and enter desktop mode by holding down the power button
- Click the blue shopping bag at the bottom of the screen, which launches the Discover Software Center
- Click the icon with three lines at the top left center, and then tap Apps > Internet > Web Browsers
- Find the Microsoft Edge Beta box and click the download button on the right side
- After installing the app, go back to desktop mode and click the App Launcher icon (the colon with an arrow)
- Search for Microsoft Edge, right click on it and then press “Add to Steam”
- Go to the “Add a game” window in Steam and select Microsoft Edge
- Go back to the Applications menu and find System > Konsole
- Enter the following command in Konsole: flatpak –user override –filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
- Launch Steam from desktop mode
- Go to your library and search for Microsoft Edge
- Right click and then select “Properties”
- Go to “Launch Options” and add this text: –window-size=1024,640 –force-device-scale-factor=1.25 –device-scale-factor=1.25 –kiosk “https://www .xbox.com/play”
- Exit “Properties” and right click on Microsoft Edge in Steam again
- Hit “Manage” then “Controller Layout” and finally “Browse Settings”
- In this menu, you can change your controls to “Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad” to use external controls
Once all of this is done, players should be able to click on the Microsoft Edge app in their Steam Library to launch the browser. From here, players can go to xbox.com/play, sign in to your Microsoft account and browse the Xbox Cloud Gaming selections. Among these selections, players can find Fortnite and launch it from there in the browser. Players do not need a Game Pass subscription to play Fortnite in the cloud as it is a free-to-play title. Although, they will need an external controller of some kind in order to play. This is why Microsoft is insisting that players change their controller settings for the Edge app within Steam.
With all of this setup, gamers now have a fully functional Xbox Cloud Gaming app on their Steam Deck via the Edge browser, which they can also use to play any cloud-ready Game Pass title. Of course, to do this, players will need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. Perhaps more free titles like Fortnite will eventually come to Game Pass so non-subscribers can enjoy them too.
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