Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga works great for an ‘unsupported’ Steam Deck game

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Valve software has a spectrum of support for various Steam games that you can play on the Steam deck. Many games have been optimized for handhelds and many more receive the “playable” badge of the minimalist valve. But so far, Valve has classified the recent release Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga as completely “unsupported” on deck. And that means most people should avoid getting that game for a portable computer. But I’m not the most people. I’ve played a few hours, and I’m happy with the experience so far.

This new Lego Star Wars game is one that fans have been expecting a lot and for good reason. It combines the classic collect-everything action of previous Lego games with a third-person action-game perspective. Developer Travelers Tales also gave the series a significant visual overall for this completely new look on The Skywalker Saga.

So how does it all translate into a steam deck? Surprisingly – especially considering the “unsupported” warning from Valve. With the latest update for the game and for the deck only, the device can run the game at a speed of about 45 -55 frames per second. That is as long as you are pushing for consistency and using protons experimentally. Deck, of course, runs Linux, and that means Lego Star Wars is not compatible except for the Proton translation level.

Proto has done a wonderful job so far in ensuring that Steam’s abundance of Windows games runs well on Linux, and that it largely continues with The Skywalker Saga.

So why did Valve mark the latest Lego game as unsupported? Well, I’ve only had one accident so far. And if even one feature doesn’t work, Valve will give the game an “unsupported” badge. Maybe he has problems with his online play, which is possible – I haven’t tested it. But as a way to enjoy the game whenever and wherever I want, Steam Deck is proving to be more than enough for Lego Star Wars.

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