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While Battlefield 2042 is an engaging and immersive game, players looking to enjoy it on the Steam Deck will face some challenges. Directly installing and playing Battlefield 2042 on the Steam Deck isn't supported by EA, primarily due to compatibility issues with the game's anti-cheat system. However, there are workarounds for those determined to experience Battlefield 2042 on this portable platform.

Why It's Not Directly Supported

Anti-Cheat Compatibility: The primary reason EA doesn't support Battlefield 2042 on Steam Deck is due to the game's anti-cheat system, which isn't compatible with the Steam Deck's native operating system (SteamOS).

Workaround Methods

  1. Steam Deck's Remote Play
    1. Overview: This feature allows you to stream Battlefield 2042 from your main gaming PC to your Steam Deck.
    • Setup:
      1. On your PC: Install Battlefield 2042 and ensure it's added to your Steam library.
      2. On your Steam Deck: Connect to the same network as your PC.
      3. Enable Remote Play: Go to Steam settings on both devices and enable the Remote Play feature.
      4. Launch the Game: On your Steam Deck, navigate to Battlefield 2042 in your Steam library and select 'Stream'.
    • Pros:
      1. No additional hardware modifications needed.
      2. Full game performance, as it relies on your PC's hardware.
    • Cons:
      1. Requires a strong network connection.
      2. Dependent on the availability and performance of your main PC.
  2. Cloud Gaming Services
    • Options: Services like Amazon LunaGeForce Now, Shadow, or Xbox Cloud Gaming.
    • Setup:
      1. Subscription: Choose and subscribe to a cloud gaming service that offers Battlefield 2042.
      2. App Installation: Install the service's application on your Steam Deck.
      3. Game Access: Log into your account and access Battlefield 2042 through the cloud service.
    • Pros:
      1. Play the game without requiring a high-end PC.
      2. Regular updates and maintenance by the cloud service provider.
    • Cons:
      1. Subscription fees.
      2. Requires a consistent and high-speed internet connection.
  3. Installing Windows on the Steam Deck
    • Overview: Installing Windows on your Steam Deck allows you to bypass the Linux compatibility issue.
    • Steps:
      1. Backup: Ensure all important data is backed up.
      2. Create a Windows Installer: Use a USB drive with the Windows installation media.
      3. Boot from USB: Restart the Steam Deck and boot from the USB drive.
      4. Install Windows: Follow the prompts to install Windows on your Steam Deck.
    • Pros:
      1. Direct access to the Windows version of Battlefield 2042.
      2. Greater compatibility with other Windows-only games and applications.
    • Cons:
      1. More complex setup process.
      2. May void the warranty or cause other issues with the Steam Deck.


Playing Battlefield 2042 on the Steam Deck is possible with these workarounds, each offering different benefits and drawbacks. Depending on your resources and preferences, you can choose the method that best suits your gaming needs. Always remember to follow the setup instructions carefully and consider the pros and cons before proceeding.

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