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Can You Play Genshin Impact on Steam Deck? – Answered

Will it run the game?

Genshin Impact’s popularity does not seem to be dropping at all and players keep trying to find new ways to play the game on platforms that are not (yet) officially supported. Of course, we have already covered the question of Can You Play Genshin Impact on Mac and Is Genshin Impact Still Coming to Nintendo Switch, but now is the time for Prima Games to address the playability of Genshin Impact on Steam Deck, one of the newest platforms you can play video games on.

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How to Play Genshin Impact on Steam Deck? – Explained

We have great news for all Steam Deck enthusiasts. Even though officially, you cannot download Genshin Impact on your Steam Deck and play it (since the game is not released on Steam), it is possible to perform a workaround on your Steam Deck, but it’s gonna take a while for you to complete it. It involves purging the Steam OS from your Steam Deck and replacing it with a Windows 10 (for example). The steps are below:

  1. Make a bootable USB flash drive. There are a lot of free and open-source programs that do this, but we cannot advertise them within this article. You will need 8 GB minimum. Here is a guide from Microsoft.
  2. Once done, you need to put that USB flash drive into your Steam Deck. and then, hold the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously (at the same time) and Boot Manager will show up.
  3. Choose the USB flash drive with your Steam Deck controls.
  4. Reboot your Steam Deck, which will then start the installation of Windows. Do not worry if the screen aspect is strange, this is a subject to change afterwards within the Display Orientation settings.
  5. Proceed with the Windows Installation as usual.
  6. After the Windows is set up, download Genshin Impact and install it like you would on your PC.
  7. Run Genshin Impact and enjoy!

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We hope that this guide was helpful and we invite you to look through our related Genshin Impact articles under the clickable game tag below, here on Prima Games.

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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.