Steam Deck is a fantastic way to enjoy streaming via Stadia. The controls are built in, and since you’re not running games natively it saves on battery life, maximizing playtime between charges.
Additionally, this will allow you to play games like Destiny 2 that are unavailable natively on the device since you’re not running it via the Proton shell.
We recommended you have a mouse and keyboard connected to your Steam Deck when following this article for setup. Alternatively, you can use STEAM+X to bring up the touch keyboard along with the touch display or trackpads.
How to set up Stadia on the Steam Deck
- Press the Steam button to bring up the Steam Menu, then select Power > Switch to Desktop.
- Select the Discover Software Center icon on the taskbar.
- In Discover Software Center, select Applications > Internet > Web Browsers.
- Find Microsoft Edge (beta) in the list of apps and select Install.
- Once it’s installed, close Discover Software Center, return to the Desktop, and select Application Launcher.
- Select Internet, then right-click on Microsoft Edge (beta) and select Add to Steam.
- In the Add a Game window, scroll to find Microsoft Edge (beta), check the box next to it, and select Add Selected Programs.
- Back on the Desktop, select Application Launcher > System > Konsole (terminal window).
- Edge will need to be able to access your Steam Deck controls with udev, so we need to give it override access. Set it by entering this command and pressing Enter:
flatpak --user override --filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
Then enter exit and press Enter to close Konsole.
- Open Steam by selecting the Steam icon on the desktop.
- Select the Library tab, navigate to Microsoft Edge (beta) in the list, and then right-click it and select Properties.
Make the following changes to the Microsoft Edge (beta) shortcut:
- Change the name (next to the icon) to Stadia
- Scroll down to LAUNCH OPTIONS and append the following (after @@u @@):
--window-size=1024,640 --force-device-scale-factor=1.25 --device-scale-factor=1.25 --kiosk "https://www.stadia.com"
You can now go back to Steam Deck’s native UI, then go to your library. Go to the search bar and type in Stadia and it should appear. When you launch it will ask for your stadia credentials which, once complete will give you a full screen view of the stadia site to launch your game.
As for controls, under Templates, select Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad. Select APPLY CONFIGURATION, then select DONE. This will enable you to use the controls like a regular Stadia controller, but also use the track pad to navigate the Stadia webpage with a mouse pointer, though the controller still works there as well.
We found that on the initial setup that the Stadia.com site may not immediately recognize the Steam Deck’s built-in controls, but restarting the program a few times should get it working.
So far, we haven’t experienced any hiccups in performance other than the usual due to wifi interference. No hard-wire option or 5g on the device means your mobile gaming is limited to wifi, but its perfect for lazing around on the couch or in bed.
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