Playing Destiny 2 on Steam Deck will get you banned, unless you install Windows

Playing Destiny 2 on Steam Deck will get you banned

While both Valve’s new handheld and Bungie’s new shooter expansion launched recently, we’ve learned playing Destiny 2 on Steam Deck will get you banned.

The news that playing Destiny 2 on Steam Deck will get you banned comes from Bungie’s newly updated FAQ for playing the shooter MMO through Valve’s Steam client.

“Destiny 2 is not supported for play on the Steam Deck or on any system utilizing Steam Play’s Proton unless Windows is installed and running,” the developer said. “Players who attempt to launch Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck through SteamOS or Proton will be unable to enter the game and will be returned to their game library after a short time.”

Bungie went further and confirmed “players who are not accessing Destiny 2 through Windows and attempt to bypass the SteamOS/Proton incompatibility will be met with a game ban.”

The ironfisted approach to this comes from the fact that Valve’s Steam Deck ships with their SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system, pre-installed. Bungie’s chosen anti-cheat software, BattlEye, isn’t currently supported to work natively on the client.

So, if you’re looking to play the new and now available Destiny 2: The Witch Queen expansion on Steam Deck, you’ll have to wipe your unit and install Windows instead to avoid the ban. Find our thorough review on The Witch Queen here – we highly recommend it!

Valve’s recently launched Steam Deck is now available, and in three flavors: $399 (64GB), $529 (256GB), and $649 (512GB), over on the Steam store.

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