How To Install Epic Games Store On Steam Deck

There is no doubt that the best way to use Valve’s latest gaming hardware, Steam Deck, is with the native SteamOS operating system. Just a few steps to sign in to your Steam account (or create a new one) and get instant access to your massive library of games, ready and waiting (hopefully) to run just as smoothly on the go. However, Steam is not the only digital distribution platform, and certainly not the only one that works with Steam Deck.

With its weekly free games and numerous exclusives, the Epic Games Store has become a major driver of digital distribution, and it’s a store that you can quickly access on the Steam Deck. The store has long been available to Linux users thanks to Lutris, which uses Wine to create a compatibility layer with the Windows version of the store, but you won’t need either to get it to work on Steam Deck. Here’s how to install the Epic Games Store on Steam Deck.

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Войдите в режим рабочего стола

Прежде всего, вам нужно загрузить свою Steam Deck на базовый рабочий стол стандартной установки Plasma KDE Linux. Вы можете сделать это, удерживая кнопку питания и нажав «Переключиться на рабочий стол» в появившемся меню. После непродолжительного перехода вы должны оказаться в знакомой среде рабочего стола.

На этом этапе вы можете продолжать использовать собственный контроллер Steam Deck для навигации (вы можете вызвать клавиатуру, нажав Steam+X, и управлять мышью с помощью сенсорных панелей), но все будет намного проще, если вы подключите мышь и клавиатуру. через Bluetooth или USB-C.

Установите программу запуска Epic Games.

Используя уже установленный по умолчанию браузер Mozilla, перейдите на веб-сайт Epic Games и загрузите версию Epic Games Launcher для Windows. Как только это будет сделано, откройте Steam, нажмите «Игры» в верхнем меню, а затем перейдите к «Добавить не-Steam игру в мою библиотеку». Вы увидите список совместимых приложений, которые вы можете связать со Steam (одним из них является Mozilla, позволяющая запускать браузер из SteamOS), но сейчас вам нужно просто нажать «Обзор», чтобы перейти туда, где вы загрузили установщик Epic Games Launcher.

Если вы не изменили какие-либо системные настройки, этот файл должен находиться в папке «Загрузки» по умолчанию и быть доступным по следующему пути. Если вы изменили какие-либо настройки, например имя вашей системы, обязательно замените [doorstop] with the name you used accordingly:

“/home/doorstop/Downloads/EpicInstaller-13.0.0.msi”

Once linked, you should see the Epic Games installer in your Steam Library. Right-click and select “Properties”. From there, go to the “Compatibility” tab and check “Force use a specific Steam Play Compatibility Tool”. This will allow you to select the version of Proton to use from a new drop-down list. Select the latest version and close the window.

In a few steps, you will have access to many Epic Games Store exclusives.

From here, simply launch the installer from Steam, just like in a game. An installation window should appear, identical to what you see in Windows. Go through the familiar prompts and look at this – the Epic Games Launcher is installed.

Add the Epic Games Launcher to SteamOS

Now you can stop there, but what you really need is to be able to run the Epic Games Launcher from SteamOS. To do this, you need to do a little more work.

Return to Steam (still in desktop mode) and right-click the Epic Installer entry in your library again. Click the Shortcut tab, and there you should see two entries: Target and Start in, both of which should point to the Epic installer and the folder it’s in, respectively. In order for the Epic Games launcher to launch from SteamOS, you need to change these to where the launcher is currently installed.

This is a bit more complicated than you might expect given the file structure created during the initial installation. The easiest way to find it is to right-click on an existing game that’s already installed on Steam, go to “Local Files” and view where those files are located. This will take you to your “steamapps” folder on Linux, from which you can start looking for the Epic Games Launcher.

If you don’t have another game installed, or you’re just looking for the full path, you should be able to find the executable using the following path, assuming you haven’t changed any system settings. You can also use this path to find the executable itself if you have one, using the folder names that come after “steamapps” to get there.

Target: “/home/doorstop/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/[numerical_identifier]/pfx/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Epic Games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win32/EpicGamesLauncher.exe”

Start off: “/home/doorstop/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/[numerical_identifier]/pfx/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Epic Games/Launcher/Portal/Binaries/Win32/”

Once you have found it copy the path to EpicGamesLauncher.exe in the Target field, using the path to the folder it’s in for Start In (same path, just without the executable at the end). Make sure both paths are enclosed in quotes, otherwise it won’t work. When in doubt, just copy the paths above, replacing [numerical_identifier] with a unique ID assigned to the folder created during installation (this will be the highest value in the /home/doorstop/.local/share//Steam/steamapps/compatdata folder). You can also change the name of this non-Steam game shortcut to make it easier to identify on SteamOS, but this is optional.

The steps above can be followed in the excellent video originally posted by Linux games on YouTube which helped us launch it on our own Steam deck after much trial and error with the Lutris route.

Back to SteamOS

To check everything before returning to SteamOS, simply click “Run” on this shortcut from your Steam library. The Epic Games Launcher should launch, allowing you to sign in and install any games in your library. To return to SteamOS, simply open the start menu and log out, which will immediately boot Steam Deck back into the original operating system.

This isn’t the only way to get the Epic Games Store to work in a Steam deck, but it’s the easiest one that has worked for us so far. Lutris is also sure to get an update to make it just as easy if you’d rather use it for your third-party software on the Steam Deck. If you’re still deciding whether to get Valve’s new portable PC, check out our Steam Deck review to find out why it’s such an impressive gaming device.

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