Valve’s Steam Deck portable gaming system, launching February 25, won’t necessarily play every Windows game you own – but an all-new version of Valve’s Proton Compatibility Layer, version 7.0, is making the builds a hit. PlayStation Vita PC persona 4 goldenmy darling from the nintendo switch Rise of the Monster Hunterand Xbox favorite Forza Horizon 5 playable. Heck, we might even get Apex Legends also.
It is no exaggeration to say that monster hunter and Personage were killer apps for the PlayStation Vita, and all three of these games are fantastic titles whose journey to PC we’ve been following with great interest. (My colleague Jay called Forza Horizon 5 “the perfect handheld Xbox game” after using Microsoft’s xCloud to stream it to a phone.)
But there was an open question if the Steam Deck would get games like these and play them well: persona 4 golden in particular was notoriously broken on Linux via Proton, although the mysterious message “Valve is still working on adding support for this game to the Steam Deck” gave some hope last month:
Forza Horizon 5 was an even weirder situation: there, Valve actually allowed early Steam Deck hardware reviewers to play that specific game, even though it wasn’t officially listed as a compatible title and didn’t work very well! Now there is confirmed support.
Between these and a range of early PlayStation games becoming playable on the Steam Deck – including the new PC version God of the war, Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, and Death Loop – it becomes an increasingly intriguing laptop.
And while Apex Legends hasn’t been confirmed to work in Proton and the Steam Deck yet, we’re now seeing the first hints that the EA/Respawn monster hit might support it as well: Redditors spotted this commit on the Proton Github, even though EA never answered our questions about whether Respawn would make the minor changes to enable support after we reached out to them on September 28. I just asked them again.
And those aren’t the only new games enabled in Proton 7.0. Here is the full list from Valve’s changelog:
- Annon 1404
- Call of Juarez
- DCS World Steam Edition
- Disgaea 4 Complete+
- dungeon fighter online
- Epic Roller Coaster XR
- eternal return
- Forza Horizon 5
- VR Gravity Sketch
- Rise of the Monster Hunter
- Azure Nights
- Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas
- order of war
- persona 4 golden
- Evil resident 0
- Resident Evil Revelations 2
- 2014 edition of Rocksmith
- SCP: Secret Laboratory
- Groove of War
- War Tales
- Yakuza 4 Remastered
According to the changelog, Proton 7 also includes local support for EasyAntiCheat (again, only if the developer has enabled it), H.264 video decoding, and various fixes for sea of thieves (another success from Microsoft), Skyrim, Fallout 4, Mount & Blade II Bannerlord, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Runescape, Castlevania Advance Collection, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, Doom Eternal, and Far crysome of which fix revolutionary bugs.
According to Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve developer and member of the Steam Deck team, the EasyAntiCheat situation is still evolving, but Proton 7.0 apparently allows Star Wars: Squadrons and Knockout City also.
Proton 7.0 is now available! Highlights include playable Persona 4 Golden, audio fixes for Skyrim and Fallout games, local H264 decoding support, and basic legacy EAC support. SW: Squadrons and Knockout City are currently playable with EAC, with more coming soon!
– Pierre-Loup Griffais (@Plagman2) February 16, 2022
If you’re a developer who wants your games to work on Steam Deck despite EAC or BattlEye anti-cheat, Valve released a blog post last month that explains the process and makes it easy.