Is Mortal Kombat 1 coming to Steam Deck?

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Fighting games lend themselves well to handheld devices with the joy of winning a brawl on the go being hard to match. Given this, Mortal Kombat 1 would be a fantastic option for Steam Deck users but can you even play it on Valve’s handheld gaming computer?

Launched in February 2022, the Steam Deck revolutionized handheld technology by making PC Gaming on the go accessible. Even better, with it being an official Valve device it connects directly to your Steam library giving access to everything you’ve brought over the years.

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Well, almost everything. The Steam Deck does have its limits and cannot run certain games. This has caused concerns that Mortal Kombat 1 would not run on Steam Deck given that it is somewhat demanding.

Is that the case though or are fans just being overly skeptical? Here’s everything you need to know about if Mortal Kombat 1 is playable on Steam Deck.

Can you play Mortal Kombat 1 on Steam Deck?

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The official answer is no, Mortal Kombat 1 is not listed as one of the many compatible games on Steam Deck and therefore there is no guarantee it runs properly for you.

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However, that doesn’t mean that all hope is gone. Street Fighter 6 and a wealth of other fighting games work just fine on the Steam Deck. The game is running on Unreal 5, so there is no concern over the engine causing compatibility issues.

Some players have already had the opportunity to try Mortal Kombat 1 on Steam Deck and the findings have been largely positive. Although it isn’t perfect early reports show the Steam Deck can maintain a steady 40 FPS on Mortal Kombat 1.

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Certainly in single player you are unlikely to experience too many issues although the same cannot be said of multiplayer. Realistically, playing a competitive fighting game at just 40 FPS isn’t going to cut it and those looking to play online will most likely want to use a more powerful console or PC.

That should be everything you need to know about Mortal Kombat 1 and Steam Deck. For anything else, we do have many other MK1 guides to check out:

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