How to get your Steam Deck to access the Epic Games Store and more – The Verge
Steam may certainly have the lion’s share when it comes to building a library of PC games, but why would you leave yourself stranded in Valve’s ecosystem when there are mountains of free games and sales on the Epic Games Store and other platforms? For instance, in 2021, the Epic Games Store gave away 89 free games, and GOG is adding new games to its free library all the time. If you had EGS and GOG on your Steam Deck, you could also cash in on all the extra sales that you’d otherwise be missing.
Integrating these stores requires a bit of upfront leg work, but it’s totally possible and can pay big dividends if you’re looking to expand the library of your new handheld. Besides, everyone knows that paying full price for games is for suckers.
Ready to begin? You’ll need an internet connection to make this happen, and while you could navigate the Steam Deck’s interface with its on-screen keyboard and trackpads, you can make this process much easier by grabbing a dedicated keyboard and mouse to navigate menus and type in logins and passwords. We’d recommend using Bluetooth accessories, but if you want to use wired peripherals, you’ll need a USB-C hub as well.
Just in case you find yourself without a mouse or keyboard close at hand, here are a few commands for your Steam Deck that you should frankly just memorize to make your life easier; just hold down the Steam or “…” button along with the inputs you’ll see below.
You can also copy and paste commands on the Deck itself by selecting the text with a click and swipe of your right trackpad, then a click of the left trackpad to pull up a context menu.
Heroic or Lutris?
Currently, you can access your other platforms’ game libraries on the Steam Deck in one of two ways, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.
The first is the Heroic Games Launcher, which provides the fastest and easiest route to getting Epic Games or GOG up and running on your Steam Deck. The process involves little more than installing the app in desktop mode and connecting your account. However, the Heroic launcher currently only supports integration with Epic and GOG. It also lacks a convenient way to create Steam shortcuts, which makes launching games a little more of a hassle.
The slightly more advanced method uses Lutris, an open-source game manager built for Linux that will automatically manage the messier technical aspects of emulating stuff on Linux-based systems. Lutris requires a little more effort to set up, involving some console commands that might be a little daunting if you’re not familiar. The Lutris interface is also far less inviting than the Heroic Games Launcher but has the benefit of providing you with an easy avenue to create Steam shortcuts for all of your installed games. Lastly, in addition to the Epic Games Store and GOG, Lutris also supports Origin, Ubisoft Connect, and a variety of popular emulators like Dolphin and ScummVM. Lutris may take a little more time to get set up but is far more versatile and has definite appeal for anyone who wants more control over the finer technical aspects of the launcher.</…….