A Steam Deck is a handheld laptop devoted to working your Steam video games each time and wherever you need. Since it’s actually simply a pc, although, it’s attainable — and never too troublesome — to get it to run a browser and entry non-Valve packages, like Xbox Cloud Gaming. But what about Sony’s counterpart, PlayStation Plus Cloud Streaming?

A PlayStation Plus Premium subscription will get you entry to a listing of extra 400 PS4 and PS5 video games, together with a couple of hundred extra PS3 titles and a couple of hundred titles from the unique PlayStation, the PS2, and the PSP. With your PS4, PS5, or PC, a Premium subscription helps you to stream PS4 and older video games by way of the PlayStation Plus app.

Getting the PlayStation Plus app working on your Steam Deck isn’t precisely straightforward — and it’s much more finicky than getting Xbox Cloud Gaming up and working. Reddit consumer PlanetSmasherN9 found out the method, whereas people within the feedback found out a couple of extra tweaks.

Our information to putting in PlayStation Plus on your Steam Deck will stroll you thru each step you want to comply with to begin streaming PlayStation video games to your Steam Deck.

Switch to Desktop Mode

Before the rest, you’ll want to swap over to the Steam Deck’s Desktop Mode to get on the underlying SteamOS. Hit the Steam button and scroll down to Power. In the following menu, select Switch to Desktop Mode.

In Desktop Mode, you should use the touchscreen to work together with some issues. More helpful, although, is utilizing the proper trackpad to transfer the mouse, the proper set off to left-click, and the left set off to right-click. Yes, the press is backward, however it form of works when you get used to it.

Install Proton

Unlike getting Xbox Cloud Gaming on the Steam Deck (which runs by way of a browser), Playstation Plus Cloud Steaming requires its personal app — and that app is for Windows. To get round this, you’ll want to set up Proton, an emulator that methods the PS Plus app into working on Linux (the Steam Deck’s SteamOS).

Using SteamOS’s Discover to install ProtonUp-Qt.

In Desktop Mode, click on on Discover, the buying bag icon on the left facet of the taskbar. Hit Steam + X to pull up the on-screen keyboard and kind “ProtonUp” within the search bar. Click Install on ProtonUp-Qt.

Installing Proton version 6.21-GE-2 in SteamOS.

Hit the Application Launcher (the beginning button on the duty bar), and go to Utilities to launch ProtonUP-Qt and Choose Add Version. Make positive the Compatibility Tool dropdown is about to GE-Proton, after which scroll down to select 6.21-GE-2 from the model record. This isn’t the most recent model, however it’s one patched particularly for the PlayStation Plus app (and the one one we acquired to work).

Once it’s put in, go to the taskbar and right-click on the Steam icon. Choose Exit, after which relaunch Steam — both with the desktop icon or by going to the Application Launcher > Games > Steam.

Install the PlayStation Plus app

Open a browser from the desktop (like Firefox) and head to the Playstation Plus web page. Scroll down to the Cloud Streaming part and obtain the Playstation Plus app — you may also simply open this web page in your Steam Deck’s browser and comply with that hyperlink.

Don’t launch the installer, although. Instead, get prepared to do some cajoling right here.

Adding the PlayStation Plus installer to the Steam Library in SteamOS.

Open Steam. In the underside left, click on on Add Game > Add a Non-Steam Game. In the brand new window, hit Browse. Navigate to /residence/deck/Downloads/ (or wherever you saved the installer) and alter the file kind to All Files. Pick the PlayStationPlus installer you simply downloaded and hit open. Back within the first window, hit Add Selected Programs.

Changing Steam compatibility in SteamOS.

Open your Steam Library and scroll down to the brand new PlaystationPlus entry. Right-click on it with the left set off and go to Properties > Compatibility. Check the field subsequent to Force using a selected Steam Play compatibility software. Select Proton-6.21-GE-2 from the dropdown.

Go again to your Steam Library and hit Play to launch the installer. Get by way of the PlayStation Plus Setup wizard and hit Install.

At the tip, be sure you uncheck the field subsequent to Launch PlayStation Plus.

Install a lacking .dll file

This step is complicated and oddly essential. There’s a file lacking within the set up that wants to be manually put in for the PlayStation Plus app to work — if it’s lacking, the Plus app will launch and crash repeatedly till you freak out whereas desperately attempting to work out how to restart your Steam Deck. (That’s the way it went for us anyway.)

First, you’ll want to get this file onto your Steam Deck. Either open this web page within the Deck’s browser (Firefox) or switch it to a microSD card. Once it’s downloaded, open the Dolphin File Manager by hitting the folder icon on the taskbar.

Right-click on file you simply downloaded — it’s most likely in Downloads underneath the Places bar on the left — and choose Extract > Extract archive right here. Right-click on the extracted file and select Cut.

Now now we have to discover our method to the PlayStation Plus listing. Click on Home within the Places bar on the left. Over on the proper facet of the window, click on the hamburger button to open the menu and choose Show Hidden Files.

You’ll see new grayed-out folders within the Dolphin window — those with a . in entrance of their names. Drop into the folders by double-clicking on them and navigate to /.native/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata. The folders listed here are simply sequence of numbers, so that you’re on the lookout for the latest (or solely, should you’re fortunate) one — that must be the Playstation Plus installer. If you want to search for it, use the hamburger button and Sort By > Modified.

Using the SteamOS Dolphin File Manager to move the missing .dll.

From there, you want to maintain digging slightly to /[series of numbers]/pfx/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/PlayStationPlus/.

When you arrive, right-click within the folder and select Paste One File.

Copy the Playstation Plus launcher location

In that very same folder as above — /.native/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/[series of numbers]/pfx/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/PlayStationPlus/ — scroll down to pspluslauncher.exe — that’s the PlayStation Plus launcher. Right-click on it, and select Copy Location.

Remove the unidater recordsdata

Browsing the reddit for PlayStation Plus on Steam Deck, it seems like quite a lot of individuals have an issue with the PlayStation Plus app wanting to — and being unable to — replace. The workaround for this it to head to that very same /PlayStationPlus/ folder and take away two recordsdata — unidater.exe and unidater.ini.

You can delete them or simply transfer them elsewhere.

Edit the PlayStation Plus Library entry

Go again to your Steam Library (once more) and right-click on the PlayStation Plus installer (once more).

First, rename it to one thing friendlier like simply PlayStationPlus.

Changing the Target and Start In entries for the PlayStationPlus installer.

In the Target discipline, spotlight every little thing besides the quotes. Right-click on the highlighted textual content and paste within the tackle you simply copied above.

Below that, spotlight every little thing besides the quotes within the Start In discipline. Right-click and paste once more. Delete pspluslauncher.exe from the tip — be sure the go away the quote.

Turn off Optimization

Stay in Desktop mode and launch the PlayStationPlus entry in your Steam Library. Once it’s launched, right-click on the PlayStation Plus icon within the taskbar — the one over to the proper. Chose Graphics Options after which uncheck the field subsequent to Optimize app efficiency.

Once that’s executed, shut the window and Stop this system by way of Steam.

Switch again to Gaming Mode

Get again to the desktop and double-click on the Return to Gaming Mode icon.

Launch PlayStation Plus and swap to Controller Mode

You’ll discover your new PlayStation Plus app within the Non-Steam Games tab of your Library. The first time you launch it, you’ll have to signal into your account.

The PlayStation Plus app running on the Steam Deck with the Controller Mode button highlighted.

Once every little thing’s up and working, search for the Controller Mode button alongside the highest of the display screen — it’s the one that appears like a monitor and controller. You want to press that, however there doesn’t appear to be any method to do it with the Steam Deck’s buttons. (We examined it by remapping every little thing, to no avail.) Instead, use the touchscreen and your finger. In our expertise, this takes a couple of tries and a few stabbing.

If you may’t get it, strive hitting the Steam button to open the menu after which hit it once more to shut the menu. At that time, strive the finger mashing once more. You’ll know you bought it when the display screen reloads and also you get a pop-up saying you’ve converted.

When you’re lastly in Controller Mode, you’ll give you the chance to use the D-pad to navigate and the A button launch video games.

Some large caveats

You’ll want to use the touchscreen and hit the maximize button as soon as your game launches. Otherwise, you’ll have that menu bar on the high the entire time.

Similarly, to shut a game, you’ll want to faucet the touchscreen (with your finger) as soon as to pull up that menu bar, after which hit the shut button.

You’ll additionally want to keep in mind the structure of the PlayStation controller — the buttons don’t match, so the onscreen prompts gained’t present the Steam Deck’s buttons. The buttons work such as you’d anticipate, although, with one large exception…

The largest caveat is that there’s no method for the Steam Deck to emulate hitting the PlayStation controller’s touchpad. That means any game that wants it gained’t be playable with the default controls. It is feasible, although, to pair a PlayStation controller with your Steam Deck as a workaround.


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