Things look brighter for Valve’s Steam Deck and its potential game library. On Friday, the company announced titles that rely on Epic’s Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) software can now be played on the handheld. Valve said that adding Steam Deck support to titles that use EAC is “a simple process.” Developers will not need to update their SDK version or make other time-consuming changes. With the addition of Valve via its Proton compatibility layer for Linux late last year, the company said that “this means that the two biggest anti-cheat services are now easily supported on Proton and the Steam Deck.” In practice, this should mean that more of your favorite games will work with Valve’s handheld when it launches next month.
Of course, it’s one thing for Valve to make it easy for developers to make sure their games run smoothly on the Steam Deck and a completely separate thing for them to do the necessary work to ensure compatibility. Up until this point, when Valve announced support for BattlEye in December, it said that all developers had to do was contact the company to enable the software for their title. And it’s still unclear whether some of the most popular multiplayer games on Steam that utilize BattlEye and EAC, including titles like Rainbow Six Siege and PUBG, will work on the first day of Steam Deck availability. Valve has tried to resolve some of these uncertainties with its recently announced . This week, Valve added , 39 of which should run smoothly on the device.
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