SteamDeck Setup

3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 1 week ago #146485 by greavous
SteamDeck Setup was created by greavous
Just a little guide here for how I got SWOS 2020 running on my SteamDeck after giving up on getting the GOG 96/97 version working and finding SWOS 2020.

So you essentially have to do 2 setups. One for accessing the DLC browser via Desktop mode and another for the game itself in Game mode. There may be better ways to do this but this is working for me so I'm happy with it for now. Always happy to be upstaged by something easier though!

What you need:
  • SteamDeck!
  • SWOS 2020 already setup on a PC.  Not gonna flog a dead horse about that here as I'd think its already covered in this forum!
  • A way to transfer your SWOS 2020 install to your SteamDeck eg ssh/USB drive/SteamDeck MTP plugin

Steps - DLC manager
  1. Goto Desktop Mode on SteamDeck
  2. Copy your SWOS 2020 folder to the either SteamDecks SSD or your microSD
  3. Install Bottles from Discovery Store. This will create the Wine Bottle to run SWOS.
  4. Install Flatseal from Discovery Store. This give Bottles file permissions.
  5. Open Flatseal and choose Bottles from the menu on the left.
  6. On the right hand panel scroll down to 'Filesystem' and share with the following as appropriate
    1. Choose the default option 'All user files' if you are installing SWOS 2020 to the SteamDeck SSD, or
    2. If installing to the microSD click the add folder icon to the right of 'Other files' and in the box enter
    3. Close Flatseal, we're done with it now.
  7. Open Bottles and wait for its first time setup to complete.
  8. Click the Menu/three horizontal lines/hamburger/whatever you call it icon and goto preferences.
  9. Goto Integrations and enable them all. Close preferences
  10. Click the + in the top left of Bottles and name your bottle.  I used 'Gaming' as environment but probably fine with 'Application' since we won't be playing the game through this.
  11. Click Create and then wait for Bottles to do some of its magic.
  12. Once its done you should see your new Bottle in the Bottles window under 'Your Bottles'. Click on it
  13. Goto Settings under Options and then find the Compatibility section. Change it to Windows 7.
  14. Exit settings and go back to the top of your Bottle and find 'Add Shortcuts...'
  15. In the window that pops up navigate to where you copied your SWOS install and select gameLauncher.exe. In the filter section you may need to remove the 'Windows Installer Package' by clicking the delete icon to the right of it to be able to see the .exe file.
  16. Click the play button next to gameLauncher under Programs and it should launch the Launcher.  You can goto the DLC manager here and download what you want.
  17. Close the window and you can add this to your library using the 3 dot menu next to it. I seemed to have issues adding to Steam or Desktop so added to library and just run it from there in desktop mode.
  18. Onto playing the game!
Steps - The game!
  1. Add gameLauncher.exe to Steam via Desktop mode and then goto Game mode.
  2. In Game mode go to the game properties and choose your proton version. I've found it seems to work fine with any Proton version but YMMV.
  3. That is basically it.  You can now run the game itself from Game mode and if you want some new DLC then you head back to desktop.

So yeah thats it! Enjoy this awesomeness on your SteamDeck you goal scoring super star heroes!!

EDIT: So its been mostly fine I've found. One thing I've noticed is if in the SWOS in game video settings you choose 1280x800 for the resolution it stretches the screen vertically. It may be OK for some but it triggered me seeing the mishapen center circle. I've found I have to set it to a 16:9 ratio every time I boot.

Also, I've uploaded Community layout for controls. I've got A/B buttons mapped in the game to Shoot/Sub respectively and then the following:
Replay - X,
Save replay - Y
Quit match - Select
Pause - Start
Stats - L1
Highlights - R1
Mouse + click(for the launcher) - Right trackpad
Last edit: 3 months 1 week ago by greavous. Reason: More info added

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3 months 1 week ago #146493 by Brummie
Replied by Brummie on topic SteamDeck Setup
Thank you for your time spent on this guide.
This will give me the nudge to buy the Steam Deck finally... i've been holding off for month's, but this has made up my mind.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #146520 by TierneyLFC90
Replied by TierneyLFC90 on topic SteamDeck Setup
Hi mate.

Are these steps so you are able to play the game online?

Kind regards,


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