Is Diablo 4 playable on Steam Deck?

Aakrit Sharma
World boss in Diablo 4

Blizzard confirmed some great news for Diablo 4 fans who prefer handheld consoles. Here’s what you need to know about the Diablo 4 Steam Deck release and how to synchronize your game with other platforms.

Diablo 4 is the fastest-selling Blizzard game of all time, and even if its player count is currently unstable, fans want to try it out on Steam Deck. While it’s available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, some think that Diablo’s latest installment would work great on a handheld gaming device.

Luckily for fans, Blizzard confirmed that Diablo 4 will end its exclusivity with, and would start giving official support to a Steam version. However, this doesn’t mean players will be able to run the same version they had on other platforms on their Steam Deck.

Official artwork for Diablo 4
There are five different character classes that you can choose from in Diablo 4.

Is Diablo 4 on Steam Deck?

Yes, the Steam Deck can run Diablo 4, and you can download the official Steam version as of October 17, 2023.

Steam Deck users will be able to start downloading Diablo 4 at 10 a.m. PDT, but won’t be able to run it until it’s fully installed (since it doesn’t have a pre-install option).

You can also run Diablo 4 on Steam Deck through Proton, a tool that improves how the Steam Deck system recognizes non-Steam libraries.

Even if you already own a Diablo 4 version on other platforms, you’ll need to get the game again to play it on Steam or Steam Deck. After buying it, you’ll have to connect it to a account to enable cross-platform play.

If you don’t want to buy the game again, you can try to download on your device, add it as a non-steam game, and run it through Proton.

Once you’re done with the installation, Diablo 4 should run smoothly on your Steam Deck at lower graphics settings. For more information on the game’s performance, you can check out the minimum and recommended system settings for Diablo 4.

How to install Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

You can follow these steps to install the Diablo 4 Steam Verified version:

  1. Go to the Steam menu on your Steam Deck, and go to the Store option.
  2. You can search for Diablo 4 on the Steam Verified list.
  3. After buying the Diablo 4 Steam Verified version, you’ll have your copy in your Library.
  4. You can enter your Library by going to the Steam menu.
  5. Look for Diablo 4 in your Library and install it.
  6. After the installation process has finished, you can run Diablo 4 on your Steam Deck.

How to install Diablo 4 on Steam Deck with Proton

Follow these steps to run Diablo 4 on Steam Deck with Proton:

  1. Go to Blizzard’s official page and download the launcher’s .exe file for Windows.
  2. Press the Steam button > Power > Desktop mode.
  3. Launch Steam and click the + icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  4. Select ‘Add non-steam game‘.
  5. A file browser will open from which you have to add the .exe file.
  6. Once the launcher is added, look for in your Steam Library.
  7. Go to the program’s Properties > Compatibility.
  8. Force the use of the compatibility tool and select GE- Proton 7.0-5.
  9. Go to the launcher’s Properties again. Select Shortcut and then Browse.
  10. If you’ve saved the launcher in an external card, type / in the Look In bar at the top and go to run > media > mmcblkop >, and select Launcher.exe.
  11. If you’ve saved the launcher in your device’s SSD, type /home/deck in the Look In bar at the top and go to .steam > root > steamapps > compatdata. Select the folder that was created most recently and go to pfx > drive_c > Program Files (x86) >
  12. Open the Lancher.exe file.
  13. Run the launcher like normal and install Diablo 4.
  14. Launch Diablo 4 from the launcher.

All in all, you should be able to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck after putting in some effort to install the launcher. For more content on Diablo’s latest installment, make sure to check out:

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].