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Knowing how to install Epic Games Store on means taking a great piece of tech and making it even better.news about video game Not only will you have the Steam store available to you, but with this easy relatively simple workaround, you can also add one of the other major PC gaming storefronts to your handheld. It just takes a few steps to log into your Steam Account (or create a new one) and have instant access to your bursting library of games, ready and waiting to (hopefully) work just as seamlessly on the go. However, Steam isn’t the only digital distribution platform out there, and it’s certainly not the only one that works on the Steam Deck.
The Epic Games Store, with its weekly free games and numerous exclusives, has become a major force in digital distribution, and it’s a storefront that you can quickly access on the Steam Deck. The store has been available for Linux users for a long time now thanks to Lutris, which uses Wine to create a compatibility layer with the Windows version of the store, but you won’t need either to get it working on the Steam Deck. Here’s how to install Epic Games Store on Steam Deck.
Install the Epic Games Launcher
Using the default Mozilla browser that is already installed, navigate to Epic Games’ website and Once that’s done, open up Steam, click “Games” in the top menu, and then navigate to “Add A Non-Steam Game To My Library”. You’ll see a list of compatible applications that you can link to Steam (Mozilla is one, letting you launch the browser from within SteamOS), but for now you should just click browse to navigate to where you downloaded the Epic Games Launcher installer.
If you haven’t changed any system settings, that file should be in your default Downloads folder, and accessible using the following path. If you’ve changed any settings, like your system name, make sure to replace [doorstop] with the name you’ve used accordingly:
Once linked, you should see the Epic Games Installer in your Steam library. Right-click it and click on Properties. From there head to the Compatibility tab, and check the “Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool” option. This will let you choose a version of Proton to use from a new dropdown. Choose the most recent version and close the window.
From here just launch the installer from Steam as you would a game. An installation window, identical to what you’d see on Windows, should pop up. Go through the familiar prompts, and look at that–the Epic Games Launcher is installed.
Add the Epic Games Launcher to SteamOS
Now you could stop there, but what you might really want to do is be able to launch the Epic Games Launcher from within SteamOS. For that you need to do just a little bit more work.
Head back into Steam (still in desktop mode here) and right-click on the Epic Installer entry in your library again. Click the Shortcut tab, and there you should see two entries: “Target” and “Start In”, both of which should be pointing to the Epic Installer and the folder it’s located in respectively. To get the Epic Games Launcher to launch from within SteamOS, you’re going to need to change these to where the launcher is now installed.
This is slightly trickier than you might expect given the file structure that has been created during the initial installation. The easiest way to start finding it is by right-clicking an existing game that is already installed in Steam, going to Local Files, and browsing where those files are located. This will bring you to your “steamapps” folder within Linux, from which you can start digging for the Epic Games Launcher.
If you don’t have another game installed, or are just looking for the full path, you should be able to find the executable using the following path, granted you haven’t changed any system settings. You can also use this path to hunt down the executable itself if you have, using the folder names that come after “steamapps” to get there.
Getting back to SteamOS
To test things before heading back to SteamOS, simply click Run on this shortcut from your Steam library. The Epic Games Launcher should start up, letting you log in and install any games from your library. To return to SteamOS, just open the Start Menu and log out, which will immediately boot the Steam Deck back into its native operating system.
This is not the only way to get the Epic Games Store working on the Steam Deck, but it is the easiest way that has worked for us thus far.news about video game Lutris is bound to get an update too to make this just as easy if you prefer to use it for your third-party software on the Steam Deck. If you’re still deciding about whether to get Valve’s new handheld PC, check out our for the full breakdown on why it’s such an impressive gaming device.