Is Diablo 4 playable on Steam Deck?

World boss in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 will be one of the biggest game releases of 2023 and players worldwide will try it out on a wide range of platforms including consoles and PC. This guide will come in handy for players who want to know if Diablo 4 is playable on the Steam Deck as well.

Within just a year of release, the Steam Deck has solidified its place as one of the best devices for handheld gaming. So much so that many new games come readily compatible with the Steam Deck and run smoothly.

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Diablo 4 is one of the most anticipated games in 2023 and it isn’t a surprise that many players want to play it on the Steam Deck. However, the fourth Diablo game will also have the best graphics in the series, leaving many players skeptical about the Steam Deck’s ability to run it.

Here’s everything you need to know about playing Diablo 4 on a Steam Deck.

Official artwork for Diablo 4There are five different character classes that you can choose from in Diablo 4.

Is Diablo 4 playable on Steam Deck?

Yes, the Steam Deck can run Diablo 4 but you cannot download it from Steam. Instead, you’ll have to download on your device, add it as a non-steam game, and run it through Proton.

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Once you’re done with the installation, Diablo 4 should run smoothly on your Steam Deck at lower graphics settings. For more information on the game’s performance, you can check out the minimum and recommended system settings for Diablo 4.

How to install Diablo 4 on Steam Deck?

Follow these steps to run Diablo 4 on Steam Deck:

  1. Go to Blizzard’s official page and download the launcher’s .exe file for Windows.
  2. Press the Steam button > Power > Desktop mode.
  3. Launch Steam and click the + icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  4. Select ‘Add non-steam game‘.
  5. A file browser will open from which you have to add the .exe file.
  6. Once the launcher is added, look for in your Steam Library.
  7. Go to the program’s Properties > Compatibility.
  8. Force the use of the compatibility tool and select GE- Proton 7.0-5.
  9. Go to the launcher’s Properties again. Select Shortcut and then Browse.
  10. If you’ve saved the launcher in an external card, type / in the Look In bar at the top and go to run > media > mmcblkop >, and select Launcher.exe.
  11. If you’ve saved the launcher in your device’s SSD, type /home/deck in the Look In bar at the top and go to .steam > root > steamapps > compatdata. Select the folder that was created most recently and go to pfx > drive_c > Program Files (x86) >
  12. Open the Lancher.exe file.
  13. Run the launcher like normal and install Diablo 4.
  14. Launch Diablo 4 from the launcher.

All in all, you should be able to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck after putting in some effort to install the launcher. For more content on the upcoming title, make sure to check out:

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