Bungie Warns Of Bans For Trying To Play Destiny 2 On Steam Deck

Destiny 2 is currently not playable on a Steam deck, and anyone attempting to bypass the restrictions may be banned.

In an update to its support page To coincide with the launch of Steam Deck, Destiny 2 has stated that the game is not supported on Valve’s new handheld or any device using Proton, Valve’s Linux solution for Windows-compatible games.

Destiny 2 can be installed but not run on Proton, and “players who try to bypass the incompatibility will be banned from the game,” according to the page.


Bungie notes that Destiny 2 can work if “Windows is installed and running,” but this is currently not possible on Steam Deck. As we noted in our Steam Deck review, Windows can be installed, but due to an unreleased graphics driver for the machine’s GPU, it can’t actually run.

We added: “Virtually every problem boils down to the fact that Steam Deck runs by default on Valve’s SteamOS, a custom version of Linux that can run a lot of Windows games using software called Proton.

“It’s really cool when it works, but many popular games including Fortnite, Halo Infinite, Destiny 2, and Lost Ark use anti-cheat systems that are not compatible with Proton.”


This means players can’t currently play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck without any changes, and as Bungie has made clear, it’s probably not worth the risk.

Steam Deck has run into other teething issues since its February 25th launch, such as stick drift issues and the hottest current game in the gaming realm, Elden Ring, which doesn’t perform well, though Valve has already fixed both issues.

Overall, IGN said that “The Steam Deck is a well-made piece of hardware that’s a pleasure to hold and play,” but “it’s not the smooth user experience” we were hoping for.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally tweets @thelastdinsdale.

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