Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga works fine for an ‘unsupported’ Steam Deck game

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Valve Software has a spectrum of support for the various Steam games that you can play on Steam Deck. Many games are optimized for the handheld and many more deserve at least Valve’s “playable” badge. But so far, Valve has classified the recent release of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga as completely “unsupported” on the deck. And that means most people should avoid that portable computer game. But I’m not most people. I’ve played a handful of hours and am happy with the experience so far.

This new Lego Star Wars game is one that fans have been eagerly awaiting and for good reason. It combines that classic collectible collectible from past Lego games with a third-person action game perspective. Developer Traveler’s Tales also gave the series a significant visual overhaul for this all-new take on The Skywalker Saga.

So how does all that translate to Steam Deck then? Surprisingly good – especially considering Valve’s “unsupported” warning. Since a recent update to the game and to the Deck itself, the device can run the game at approximately 45 to 55 frames per second. That is as long as you force compatibility and use Proton Experimental. Deck runs Linux, of course, and that means Lego Star Wars isn’t compatible except through the Proton translation layer.

Proton has done a great job thus far in making sure that Steam’s plethora of Windows games run great on Linux, and that has largely continued with The Skywalker Saga.

So why then did Valve mark the latest Lego game as unsupported? Well, I’ve had one crash so far. And Valve gives a game the “unsupported” badge if even one feature doesn’t work. Maybe it has problems playing online, which is possible – I haven’t tested that. But as a way to enjoy this game whenever and wherever I want, Steam Deck is more than enough for Lego Star Wars.

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