How to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

Diablo 4 on Steam Deck is a heavenly experience, but you'll need to do some tinkering in order to get it running on Valve's handheld.

Diablo 4's antagonist, Lilith, on a Steam Deck

How do you play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck? Getting Blizzard’s action RPG running on the Steam Deck isn’t straightforward, but it’s worth it to enjoy the frenetic demon-slaying gameplay on Valve’s portable powerhouse. We’re here to save you from any hellish handheld hiccups, and help you get Diablo 4 running on your Steam Deck.

As the Diablo 4 system requirements highlight, you’ll need to clear a fair amount of storage to contain the world of Sanctuary and more on your device. As such, it’d be wise to equip yourself with the best microSD card for Steam Deck you can, especially if you have the 64GB model.

Diablo 4 Steam Deck: page for game on handheld screen

Is Diablo 4 Steam Deck compatible?

Yes, Diablo 4 is Steam Deck compatible, but you can’t currently download the RPG from Valve’s storefront. In a shock move, Blizzard announced that Overwatch 2 is coming to Steam, and more of its games are set to follow in the future. It’s unknown whether Diablo 4 on Steam is part of Blizzard’s plans, but it’s certainly not out of the question.

How to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

Here’s how to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck:

  • Install on Steam Deck using our extensive how-to guide.
  • Add the game to your Steam library. Bear in mind you’ll need to own Diablo 4 on to do so.
  • Go to your Steam library and download Diablo 4.
  • Once it’s downloaded, run it as you would any other Steam Deck game.

Ultimately, this workaround will expand your portable Steam library to include the likes of World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and other Blizzard games, so it’s worth taking the time to implement.

As for Diablo 4 Steam Deck performance, the RPG runs relatively smoothly on the portable, but you’ll naturally need to crank down settings to medium or low, which is why it narrowly escapes our best Steam Deck games list. Try it out to see how it performs, then tweak the settings to your heart’s content, whether you prefer to maximize fps or make the game look pretty.

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An important thing to bear in mind is that Diablo 4 requires an internet connection at all times. So, if you’re planning on taking on the hordes of hell on the go, make sure you have a Wi-Fi connection or hotspot handy.

If you’re playing the RPG on the Deck and on your PC, check out our best Diablo 4 settings guide for optimal desktop performance. To save yourself some technical headaches, we’d suggest keeping our Diablo 4 error codes list close by, too.

Alternatively, check out our Diablo 4 review for an in-depth analysis, as well as our breakdown of the Diablo 4 classes and best builds.