How to play Fortnite on the Steam Deck

Fortnite, even nearly five years after its release, is still one of the most popular games in the world. Millions of players still log in every week to participate in the ever-changing landscape of Epic Games’ battle royale. At the time of its release, Fortnite was a truly groundbreaking experience that completely changed the gaming landscape for years to come. Well, five years later, there is something else on the market that could achieve the same thing: Steam Deck.

Valve’s new device is essentially a portable PC that users can use for gaming on the go. During the rush to launch the Steam Deck, it was assumed that Fortnite would not be on the list of games for players to download. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said that Epic didn’t trust Valve’s Easy Anti-Cheat software to stop cheaters when using custom kernels on the Linux platform. Therefore, Epic Games has stated that it will not update Fortnite to work with the Steam Deck after launch.

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However, there is a simple solution for users to play Fortnite directly from their Steam Deck.

How to play Fortnite on the Steam Deck

After the initial launch of Steam Deck, Microsoft announced that Fortnite would be launched on Xbox Cloud Gaming. This cloud-based service is generally a free product for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. However, for Steam Deck users, no subscription is required to access the service. According to Microsoft itself, all players need is a legitimate Microsoft account and their Steam Deck. However, there are also some complicated steps for players to actually log into their account and log into the Xbox Cloud.

The steps to start playing Fortnite on the Steam Deck are described below.

  1. Launch Steam Deck and enter desktop mode by holding down the power button
  2. Click on the blue shopping cart at the bottom of the screen, which launches the Discover Software Center
  3. Click the three-line icon in the upper left center, then tap Applications> Internet> Web Browser
  4. Find the Microsoft Edge Beta box and click the download button on the right side
  5. Once the application is installed, go back to desktop mode and click on the application launch icon (the colon with an arrow)
  6. Find Microsoft Edge, right click on it, then hit “Add to Steam”
  7. Go to the “Add Game” window in Steam and select Microsoft Edge
  8. Go back to the Applications menu and find System> Konsole
  9. Enter the following command in Konsole: flatpak –user override –filesystem = / run / udev: ro com.microsoft.Edge
  10. Launch Steam from desktop mode
  11. Go to your library and search for Microsoft Edge
  12. Right click on it, then select “Properties”
  13. Go to “Boot 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 “
  14. Exit “Properties” and right click on Microsoft Edge again in Steam
  15. Tap “Manage”, then “Controller Layout” and finally “Browse Configurations”
  16. In this menu you can change your commands to “Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad” to use external commands

Once this is done, players should be able to click on the Microsoft Edge app in their Steam library to launch the browser. From there, players can go to Xbox.com/play, log into their Microsoft account, and browse the Xbox Cloud Gaming selections. Among these selections, players can find Fortnite and launch it directly in the browser. Gamers don’t need a Game Pass subscription to play Fortnite on the cloud, as it’s a free-to-play title. While, they will need some sort of external controller to play. This is why Microsoft insists players change their controller configurations for the Edge app in Steam.

With all this setup, players now have a fully functional Xbox Cloud Gaming app on their Steam Deck via the Edge browser, which they can also use to play all cloud-ready Game Pass titles. Obviously, to do this, players will need to be subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Perhaps more free-to-play titles like Fortnite will eventually come to Game Pass so that even non-subscribers can enjoy it.

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