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Will Epic update Fortnite to run on the Steam Deck?

The new handheld console is almost here, but will it be able to run the extremely popular battle royale?

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Quick Answer: Epic Games will likely not update Fortnite to run natively on Steam Deck‘s Linux-based operating system. However, you can download Windows on Steam Deck and play that way.

The Steam Deck made its way to PC gamers in February 2022. With more gamers getting their hands on the handheld gaming PC, many wonder if Fortnite will ever make its way to Steam Deck natively.

When asked about it on Twitter, Sweeney said that the company would not be working on developing Fortnite for Linux.

The CEO tweeted that he is not confident that the company would be able to combat cheaters in a Linux version of the game.

And unfortunately for Fortnite fans, the Steam Deck uses a Linux-based operating system, so the game won’t be compatible with the console by default. But that doesn’t mean that you are completely out of luck.

READ MORE: Can Steam Deck play Minecraft?

You can’t play Fortnite on the Steam Deck by default. But there is a way that you can at least try to play the game on the device. The Steam Deck is capable of using Windows instead of Linux as its operating system.

And since you can put Windows on the Steam Deck, you should be able to play Fortnite on the device using that method.

READ MORE: Fortnite removed building so now it’s just like other battle royales

Of course, the console is optimized for its own Linux-based SteamOS, so there might be some issues or complications when installing Windows.

But this method will let you play Fortnite on the handheld Steam Deck console. All you have to do is download the Epic Games client like you would on any other PC.

READ MORE: Can the Steam Deck play GTA 5?

It will be interesting to see how many users opt to install Windows on the console to play other non-Steam games like Fortnite.

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Staff writer at KnowTechie. Alex has two years of experience covering all things technology, from video games to electric cars. He's a gamer at heart, with a passion for first-person shooters and expansive RPGs. Shoot him an email at

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