Steam Deck Will Run Native Linux Games Where It Makes Sense

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Valve clarified that when it comes to which version of a game to run on steam deck, the native incarnation of Linux will be used – rather than the Windows game via Proton – if it makes sense to do so. In other words, if the Linux native port works fine.

There was some confusion around this because some eagle-eyed folks discovered that Portal 2, one of Valve’s own games that was ported to Linuxdropped on SteamDB as being recommended to run on the Steam Deck via Proton (i.e. the Windows version, facilitated by the compatibility layer, Proton, to run on SteamOS which is, of course, a Linux-based operating system).

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