How to play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck

Annanda Islam
By Annanda Islam
5 Min Read
Image Source: Bungie

Looking to play Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck? Look no further! This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to get started.

One of the great things about Destiny 2 is that it supports multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. This means that players can enjoy the game on their preferred platform and play with friends who may be using different devices. In addition, Destiny 2 supports crossplay, meaning players can join in the same game regardless of their platform.

If you’re a fan of Destiny 2 and are excited to play it on your new Steam Deck, don’t worry! In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to get started, including how to download and install the game, optimize your settings for the best gameplay experience, and make the most of the unique features of the Steam Deck.

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Is it Possible to Play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck?

Destiny 2 on Steam Deck
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While Destiny 2 can be played on the Steam Deck with Windows installed, it’s important to note that the game doesn’t support Linux and won’t run on SteamOS. The developer of Destiny 2 has stated that they have concerns about the security risks associated with Linux and have made the decision not to allow the game to run on the Steam Deck.

However, this decision seems somewhat puzzling as Bungie uses BattlEye, which actually supports both Linux and Proton. Proton is an intermediary layer that allows Windows programs to run on Linux. If Bungie were to communicate with BattlEye and request that it support Linux, then Destiny 2 could potentially be made available on the Steam Deck.

This is particularly odd given that Destiny 2 was previously available on Google Stadia, which ran the game on Linux servers. As a result, there is already a Linux version of the game in existence that could potentially be used on the Steam Deck, but unfortunately, it seems that this version is no longer accessible.

How to play Destiny 2 on Steam Deck

Destiny 2 on Steam Deck
Image Source: Bungie

If you already own Destiny 2 on streaming platforms that are accessible via SteamOS, then you’re in luck, as you’ll be able to play the game on the Steam Deck. Currently, Nvidia GeForce Now is the only streaming platform that can be easily accessed on the device, as it natively supports the embedded controller.

To set up Nvidia GeForce Now on the Steam Deck, you’ll need to follow some simple steps similar to those required for adding Xbox Game Pass streaming to your device. One of the steps involves installing Microsoft Edge, as the browser is required for the best possible experience with GeForce Now. Once Edge is installed, you’ll need to configure it by running some code in Konsole to give it the necessary permissions to function correctly.

Alternatively, you can use remote streaming to play Destiny 2 on your Steam Deck by launching the game on your PC and streaming it to the device. This is a great option for playing the game while on the go or when you want to relax in bed or on the couch.

To use remote streaming, you need to load up Steam on your PC, and then load up your Steam Deck and head to Destiny 2. If the game is already installed on your PC, the Steam Deck will give you the option to stream it via the Play Button, or you can use the drop-down menu to launch the game.

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In conclusion, while Destiny 2 doesn’t support Linux and won’t run on SteamOS out of the box, there are still ways to play the game on the Steam Deck. Nvidia GeForce Now is currently the best streaming platform for playing Destiny 2 on the device, and remote streaming is also a viable option for those who already own the game on their PC. With some simple setup, you can enjoy the thrilling gameplay and stunning graphics of Destiny 2 on your new handheld device.

Annanda Islam is a passionate gamer and writer at GameRiv. With an innate passion for gaming, Annanda loves FPS action and RPG.