Can you play Honkai Star Rail on Steam Deck?

Aakrit Sharma
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Honkai Star Rail has been released on multiple platforms and it has gained the attention of millions of gamers within weeks. If you want to enjoy Honkai Star Rail on a portable device, check out this guide on the game’s compatibility with the Steam Deck.

Honkai Star Rail, the latest chapter in HoYoverse’s gaming universe, has been making waves in the gaming community. From a diverse cast of characters and a beautiful open world to multiple quests and exciting combat, it has everything that you’d expect from an action RPG.

Like Genshin Impact, Honkai Star Rail is available on many platforms, and fans of portable gaming devices are naturally curious to learn about its compatibility with the Steam Deck. Valve’s handheld gaming computer can handle a fair share of high-end games and here’s everything to know about running Honkai Star Rail on it.

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Honkai Star Rail isn’t available on Xbox consoles and the Game Pass.

Is Honkai Star Rail playable on the Steam Deck?

No, Honkai Star Rail isn’t compatible with the Steam Deck because its anti-cheat doesn’t work with SteamOS. While HoYoverse’s action RPG is a Windows game, the Steam Deck operates on SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system.

Having said that, there are a few workarounds to help you play Honkai Star Rail on Steam Deck.

How to play Honkai Star Rail on Steam Deck

You can try out the following to run Honkai Star Rail on Steam Deck:

  1. Install Windows 11 on Steam Deck.
  2. Download this GitHub project and install it to tweak your in-game controls.

Unlike many games, Honkai Star Rail won’t run on Steam Deck even with Proton which aims to run Windows games on Linux systems. This is most likely because the game’s strict anti-cheat shows up as a device driver on Windows but the SteamOS is not capable of replicating this.

Long story short, you cannot play Honkai Star Rail on the Steam Deck without installing Windows 11 on your device. Of course, if HoYoverse makes the necessary amends in HSR’s anti-cheat, the game might become officially compatible with the Steam Deck in the near future.

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