Sometimes, there are video games that feel so cinematic they need a couch, popcorn, and a proper big-screen TV. Alan Wake 2 — with its beautiful graphics and camera angles — is shaping up to be one of those games. For PlayStation and Xbox players that’s business as usual, but for PC gamers, their desktop monitor might not cut it. So, they turn to the Steam Deck. However, can you play Alan Wake 2 on Steam Deck?
How to play Alan Wake 2 on Steam Deck
Yes, you can play Alan Wake 2 on Steam Deck… but it’s a little complicated. Alan Wake 2 is only on the Epic Games Launcher, so you’ll have to download the launcher and the Remedy Entertainment game traditionally. Then, you have to upload Alan Wake 2 to Steam as a non-Steam game. This makes Alan Wake 2 accessible to play on your Steam Deck.
Unfortunately, though, your Steam Deck may not have an easy time running Alan Wake 2. The Steam Deck had similar struggles with Starfield and Baldur’s Gate 3, two popular games with very demanding system requirements. So, as Alan Wake has such high-quality graphics, be prepared to run into problems. You might have an easier time investing in a fancier monitor than praying the Steam Deck works as well as you want it to.
What games can you play on Steam Deck?
Technically, you can play any and all Steam games on your Steam Deck. In the case of Alan Wake 2, you can also find loopholes to play a few non-Steam games on it, too. However, be aware that not all games will work well on the Steam Deck. So, before you plan a watch party playing the first-ever Doom game, double-check if your Steam Deck can run it. The games most at risk for having Steam Deck difficulties are older titles and new, large games with high graphics requirements.