The guide explains how to get The Pit up and running on Steam Deck. This is without the random crashes that can occur when using the default Proton compatibility settings.
Put your Steam Deck into Desktop Mode
Open Steam from the taskbar. Right-click Sword of the Stars the Pit to open your list of games. Click Properties. Forcing the use (of "Proton 4.11-13" or 4.X if the exact version is not available) in your Compatibility Tab, as the image shows
To ensure that Steam has downloaded all the correct files, you can open The Pit. The game should now launch. Close the game after.
Install Protontricks using Discovery
Open the Discover app by clicking on the taskbar. Refer to the image below to see the icon on your taskbar
Search for and install "Protontricks".
Wait for the installation process to complete, then close Discover
Steam: Add Protontricks as an Non-Steam game
Open Steam from your taskbar. Click "Add a Non Steam Game …" to the "ADD A GAME" menu in steam.
Click on Protontricks to add selected programs
Open Protontricks in Steam (, and configure for SD Card Access)
Find Protontricks in the game list and play it
BELOW IS ONLY APPLICABLE WHEN YOU INSTALL GAMES TO A SD CARD.
If the game has been installed on an SD card, you will see the error below.
Follow the instructions by opening Konsole, pasting the command and pressing Enter.
Click Close in this window. Then click "Cancel” in the next window to close Protontricks.
Steam Steam Steam – Re-open Protontricks
Before you continue, take some notes on Protontricks
Before you use Protontricks
Protontricks' various steps can take a LONG while to complete. Protontricks may not be active for a few moments, but it is still running in the background. You can check Steam to confirm that it is still active.
As you go through the rest, Protontricks will display many errors like the ones below. These errors can be ignored, just press OK
Choose The Pit to configure
Click OK and select "Sword of the Stars: The Pit", from Protontricks.
If you don’t see The Pit in the list, but the game is already installed on your SD card then refer to the previous step.
Click OK and choose "Select default wineprefix"
Select "Install Windows DLL or component" then click OK
Installing dotnet40/xna40 into Winetricks default prefix
When prompted to select which packages to install, click "dotnet40", then "xna40", then click OK
You will soon see the following message advising you that the.NET installation is about to begin. Click OK
“.NET – [22.NET]
Framework 4 Setup
Make sure to check the screen below that shows that it was successfully installed
Eventually, you'll see the message below informing that the XNA redist installation is about to begin. Click OK
Reminder: You may see errors like the ones below when using Protontricks. Just click OK.
Read the "Microsoft XNA Framework 4.0 Redistributable 4.0 Setup."
Make sure to check the screen below to confirm that it was successfully installed
After the.NET or XNA installers are completed, quit Protontricks. Click "Cancel" on these two screens
Protontricks must now be closed as follows
You should now have a functioning version Of The Pit running on your deck.
Exit Desktop mode and launch it from the Steam DeckUI. The game should not crash randomly after you shoot a gun (or any other problems)
When playing on your deck, you should always specify performance options, especially for older games like this one.
- This can be done by creating a "Per-game performance profile" for The Pit and setting an (low TDP limit, i.e. 3 Watts) or more if required.
- Once you have the right settings, there shouldn't be any performance drops. You will also save a lot of batteries.
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