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Is Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Steam Deck Compatible? – Answered

So, you miss the portable Dragon Ball Z games?

by Nikola "Nick" Jovanovic
Is Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Steam Deck Compatible - Answered

Few anime franchises or any IPs in general have had as many video game adaptations as Dragon Ball Z. However, somehow most of them have been fighting games, so Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot changed things up and allowed players to experience the familiar stories of this legendary anime series in a slightly different way – through an open world action RPG. With a lot of fighting, of course.

Kakarot was initially launched in 2020 for last-generation platforms and PC. Since it received a next-generation version in January 2023, it has reawakened the curiosity of Dragon Ball Z fans. Many wonder if it is possible to play Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on Steam Deck. Let us investigate.

Is Dragon Ball Z Kakarot Steam Deck Compatible? – Answered

The short answer is – Yes, it is possible to play Dragon Ball Z Kakarot on the Steam Deck, but the situation is far from ideal. To begin with, the game is not officially supported; in fact, it is labeled as unsupported, but it can still be run with a third-party program such as Proton. This solution is well known to all Steam Deck users because it allows for Windows game compatibility on the Linux system that Steam Deck runs on.

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Aside from the fact that you will be running an unsupported game on Steam Deck, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot will function fine; the main issue is that the HUD is not well adapted for playing on a small screen. Thus the mini-map may cause some issues.

It’s a shame that the release of the next-gen version of this great Dragon Ball Z adventure wasn’t reason enough to adapt it for the Steam Deck as well. Still, if you don’t have the patience to wait for a real supported version (if one happens at all), you can still play it through Proton and accept it for what it is – you can expect FPS up to 50 and around 3 to 3.5 hours of portable battery life, depending on your settings.

For more Steam Deck related articles here on Prima Games, check out Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Trophy List, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Chi-Chi’s Basic Dishes Recipes List, and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Battle Techniques Beginner’s Guide.

Nikola "Nick" Jovanovic

Nick has been a Prima Games Staff Writer since May 2022, an old-school gamer, and a gamer journalist with over 25 years of expertise. Our resident micro-influencer from Serbia! When he's not driving through Belgrade, he's probably racing in Gran Turismo or Forza, playing some strange JRPG games or just watching pro wrestling.