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Apex Legends gets Steam Deck Verified

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The day we've all been waiting for right? Apex Legends from Respawn and EA has now been officially Steam Deck Verified.

Absolutely huge news for both Linux desktop gaming with Proton and for the Steam Deck, to have one of the biggest and easily best battle royale games now fully Verified. It's hard to properly express just how big this is — simply massive. Just on Steam it's constantly in the top 10 most played, with a peak player count today alone of 281,993 people.

You can see it happen on SteamDB, plus it now already shows on the Steam store directly as a Verified title and on the Steam Deck clearly too.

I've already been playing it for several days now, as have many others and I've shown it off plenty live on the GamingOnLinux Twitch channel, which led to some fun moments.

You can also see some of my early preview Steam Deck gameplay below (from before the shader cache was full, it's now really smooth):

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Game Features:

  • A Roster of Legendary Characters — Master a growing roster of powerful Legends, each with their own unique personality, strengths, and abilities that are easy to pick up but challenging to truly master.
  • Build Your Crew — Choose your Legend and combine their unique skills together with other players to form the ultimate crew.
  • Strategic Squad Play — Whether you're battling on a massive, floating city in Battle Royale or dueling in close-quarters Arenas, you'll need to think fast. Master your Legend's unique abilities and coordinate with your teammates to discover new tactics and powerful combinations.
  • Innovative Combat — Master an expanding assortment of powerful weapons and equipment. You'll need to move fast and learn the rhythms of each weapon to get the most out of your arsenal. Plus, change it up in limited-time modes, and get ready for a boatload of new content each season.
  • Ever-expanding Universe — Apex Legends takes place in an immersive universe where the story continues to evolve, maps change each season, and new Legends keep joining the fight. Make your mark on the Apex Games with a multitude of distinctive outfits, and join the adventure!

Play free on Steam.

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Vulphere Mar 9, 2022
Now we have official confirmation :)
Liam Dawe Mar 9, 2022
Whew, good job I stayed up late to work on another guide video, funnily enough for EA on Steam Deck too - what are the chances? :)
ElectricPrism Mar 9, 2022
I go to download this on Desktop and it's 81GB, is the SteamDeck version slimmer?

Im still going to try it, it looks really fun but IMA need to free up some space first o_O
Sakuretsu Mar 9, 2022
Holy shit!

It's happening! It's actually (officially) happening!

Long live to the Steam Deck!!!
RichardYao Mar 9, 2022
It needs a mature DXVK state cache and gamemode to run smoothly or else you risk stutter issues. You can get a mature DXVK state cache here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/t5xrho/dxvk_state_cache_for_fixing_stutter_in_apex/

Most can get away with just the cache, but some need both. I was in the group that could get away with just the cache until today when I had stutter issues. Now I use gamemode with it too.

It can also benefit from latencyflex, but that seems like a pain to set up. It would be nice if Valve integrated it with Proton.


Last edited by RichardYao on 9 March 2022 at 1:48 am UTC
RichardYao Mar 9, 2022
Quoting: ElectricPrismI go to download this on Desktop and it's 81GB, is the SteamDeck version slimmer?

Im still going to try it, it looks really fun but IMA need to free up some space first o_O

It is huge on steam too. Having a filesystem that does transparent compression might somewhat reduce space requirements, but Steam does not consider that when calculating needed free space, so you still need that amount free to install it.
RichardYao Mar 9, 2022
Quoting: VulphereNow we have official confirmation :)

It is not quite official. This indicates that it passed Valve’s testing. It does not mean that EA has made a long term commitment to allow Linux users to play Apex Legends.

However, I am optimistic that this will go longer than the month we had around 2020 when people could play with a patched version of wine that ran the EAC kernel module into the wine server.


Last edited by RichardYao on 9 March 2022 at 2:01 am UTC
a0kami Mar 9, 2022
At last, the time has come, I am so happy!
Thanks Respawn, thanks Valve, thanks community, thanks GOL!
kokoko3k Mar 9, 2022
If I understood properly, what is changed is that Valve just verified what we already know, or there is more?
Eike Mar 9, 2022
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