Palia, the MMO from Singularity 6, has finally entered its open beta phase, starting on August 10, 2023. The game is more geared towards players who prefer the cozy gameplay of titles like Stardew Valley, My Time at Portia, Animal Crossing, and such. There aren’t that many MMOs like this, and as such, it has a considerable following. Since the game is in open beta right now, some Palia fans want to know about the game’s Steam Deck compatibility details.
The Steam Deck is more or less a mainstream device right now. It is “the” go-to device for playing PC games on the go. Thanks to Valve’s support for the handheld, it has been seeing a constant rise in its game library collection with each passing day. And now it’s time to see when Palia will be included in that list.
Palia Steam Deck Compatibility Details & More
As of writing this guide, Palia is not officially available on the Steam Deck. It is scheduled for a full release on Windows and the Nintendo Switch later in 2023, but no information regarding the release on Steam Deck has been shared by the developers. Since the game has just started its open beta on PC, it’s hard to say when the developer, Singularity 6 Corporation, will make the game available on the Deck. But we sure do hope that it comes soon.
Well, since the Steam Deck happens to be a Linux-based handheld PC, it is quite obvious that it cannot run a game that supports only Windows. So, what can be done?
How to play Palia on Steam Deck?
Now, officially, Palia might not be available for the Deck, but as always, there’s no limit to the capabilities of PC gamers. There’s a workaround that you can use to play the game on your Deck. And you can do that by following the steps mentioned below –
Note: Before you try these steps, you have to install Windows on your Steam Deck. As mentioned earlier, Palia only supports the Windows platform, as of now.
First of all, you need to head to the official website of the game and download the Palia Launcher on your Steam Deck. You will need a Palia account for that. If you haven’t already created an account, go ahead and create one.
After the download is complete, open Steam and add PaliaLauncher.exe as a Non-Steam game in your games section.
Once you complete the previous step, go to Launch Options, then to Shortcut Preferences, and checkmark the following option: – Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool.
Below this option, choose a Proton version from the dropdown menu. Go with 8.0-3 or any other recent version.
Now boot up the launcher. On the main screen, you will see an install button. Click on it and let the process complete. All this will require touchscreen input.
After that, accept the EULA. Use the scrollbar to the right to get to the bottom and accept. Click on Next, and your download will start.
Once the game is fully installed, it’s time for you to look for a new launcher so that you can replace the “Target” in Steam.
Players can find the newly installed Launcher at the following location: /home/deck/ .local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/
The above-mentioned path will take you to the folder where the new launcher is located. Next, you will see a myriad of folders with unique IDs. The launcher is located inside one of these. The quickest way to find the folder is to right-click anywhere on the screen and select Sort By > Created > Newest First. This will sort out the folder from newest to oldest. The Palia Launcher will be inside the newest one.
Next, head into yet another folder by following this path – /pfx/drive_c/users/steamusers/AppData/Local/Palia/Launcher
Copy the PaliaLauncher.exe file path by right-clicking on the .exe and selecting “Copy Location”.
Now, you need to open Steam, right-click on the old PaliaLaucher.exe, and select Properties. Paste the previously copied file path location into the option named “Target”.
Close the window, boot up the game, and enjoy your time in Palia.
Once again, we would like to reiterate that Palia does not support Linux and is not officially available for the Deck. So expect lots of crashes, stutters, and any other common issues when you are running it on the handheld. Until Singularity 6 Corporation offers official support for Palia on Steam Deck, you will have to make do with this workaround. Well, if you find this guide informative, make sure to visit DigiStatement daily for more such content. Also, read: Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3): How to Increase Maximum Party Size
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