Dragon Ball FighterZ – How to Get FighterZ Working on Steam Deck (Offline Only)

This is a guide that will show you how to get FighterZ to work on steam deck. There are two sections to this guide, getting the game running on Linux and Making the SteamDeck controller work.

Guide to Get FighterZ Working on Steam Deck

Installing ProtonGE

Installing ProtonUp-Qt

  • Hold the power button until a menu appears.
  • Press ‘Switch to desktop’.
  • Click on ‘Discover’ (Third icon on the taskbar. It looks like a blue bag).
  • Click on the search bar at the top left.
  • Use (steam + x) to bring up the onscreen keyboard and search for ‘proton’.
  • Install ‘ProtonUp-Qt’.

Installing ProtonGE

  • At this point you should close the steam client. You can do this by right clicking on the steam icon at the bottom left (press in the left track pad to right click) and the clicking ‘exit steam’
  • Once ProtonUp-Qt has finished installing you can open it from the application launcher at the bottom left (It is located in the Utilities section)
  • After its open, click add version.
  • Change the Version field to ‘Proton-6.5-GE-2’.
  • After proton is installed close the application and re-open Steam.
  • Find DBFZ in your games list and click on it.
  • Click the gear cog on the right hand side and go to Properties… -> Comparability.
  • Click ‘Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool’ and select ‘Proton-6.5-GE-2’ in the drop down.

Running DBFZ Without Easy Anti-cheat

  • Start by running the game at least once and letting it fail. You can do this from either the desktop or gaming modes.
  • Now that it has failed return to desktop mode.
  • Open Dolphin by clicking the folder icon on the taskbar.
  • Open the menu at the top right of the window under the ‘x’ and ensure that ‘Show hidden files’ is enabled.
  • Go to the home directory located at the top of the left hand menu and then into the .config folder.
  • Now go to protonfixes -> localfixes (if they do not exist create them).
  • Using the menu at the top right again. Click create new… -> text file…
  • Name the new file 678950.py
  • Click on the file to open it and paste in the following text.
from protonfixes import util
def main():
util.replace_command('DBFighterZ.exe','RED/Binaries/Win64/RED-Win64-Shipping.exe'')
util.append_argument('-eac-nop-loaded')
util.protontricks('hidewineexports=enable')
  • Run the game and it should boot.

Fixing the Steam Deck Controls

  • Exit out of desktop mode.
  • Start the game.
  • Once the game has started click the ‘Steam’ Button.
  • Go to DRAGON BALL FighterZ -> Controller Settings.
  • Click ‘Controller Settings’.
  • Click on the current layout at the top of the men.
  • Change tabs to Community Layouts.
  • Scroll down until you find ‘Steam Deck compatibility controls for DBFZ’ by Benoniy.
  • Select the scheme (UpVote it if you like it).
  • The game should now be completely playable offline.
Egor Opleuha
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Egor Opleuha, also known as Juzzzie, is the Editor-in-Chief of Gameplay Tips. He is a writer with more than 12 years of experience in writing and editing online content. His favorite game was and still is the third part of the legendary Heroes of Might and Magic saga. He prefers to spend all his free time playing retro games and new indie games.

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