The Steam Deck is clearly great with a lot of modern titles and plenty of AAA games, but what about the classics? For that Luxtorpeda can provide a great experience on Deck.
It's a tool I've covered a number of times for Linux desktop users, however it works beautifully on the Steam Deck too. Luxtorpeda is a tool to run native Linux game engines for various classics like Morrowind, Warzone 2100, X-COM and quite a lot more. Why would you want to use it? Well, a lot of these game engines are vast improvements over the original games and get around a lot of their limits along with improving them for modern platforms.
Here's a video HOWTO look at them all:
I made use of another great tool called ProtonUp-Qt, which enables you to download extra compatibility layers like Luxtorpeda and Proton-GE with a few simple clicks. It couldn't get easier than this.
For this video, I worked with the developer of Luxtorpeda to sort through a couple of issues and make a new release and will continue to provide feedback on it to make it the best experience possible.
- Download ProtonUp-QT (Flathub / Discover Software Centre).
- Close Steam.
- Load ProtonUp-QT, and pick Luxtorpeda from the drop-down options.
- Reload Steam once Luxtorpeda is downloaded (this refreshes the Steam Play tool list).
- Pick a game in your Library that's supported by Luxtorpeda (list here).
- Go into the game Properties, select Compatibility, put a tick in the box and select Luxtorpeda from the drop-down box.
- Launch your game and enjoy.