It’s an absolute marvel to think that Grand Theft Auto 5, a game that almost obliterated the PS3 and Xbox 360 when it launched, can now be played in handheld at a crisp 90fps on the Steam Deck. Rockstar’s slightly successful open world crime game has playable status on Steam Deck but with some issues, one such being that you may get stuck on a screen that says it’s installing scripts. Luckily, there’s a fix for you.
To solve this issue, launch the game in desktop mode for the first time. Press the Steam button, then find Power and switch to Desktop mode from there. Once in, launch the Steam app and then start playing Grand Theft Auto V from your library.
You will then be prompted to sign-in to your Rockstar Games Social Club account, which is pretty finicky on the Deck; you may need to close and reopen things a couple of times for your field input to register. Press the Steam button + X to bring up your keyboard, then fill out your details. You will unfortunately need to register for an account if you don’t already have one.
There are plenty of annoying hurdles in your way toward running GTA 5 on the Steam Deck (including that sizeable 100GB+ download), but once you’re all good to go it’s one of the best handheld experiences out there.
GTA V is available now on PC, PS5, PS4, PS3, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
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