If you use your Steam Deck for multiplayer games with your friends, there is a high chance you'll want to use Discord to talk to your friends (and foes?).
Thankfully, installing Discord on the Steam Deck is super easy, barely an inconvenience. But a few steps and one additional tool are needed for it correctly. This is where this guide has you covered. So, let's start this.
- On your Steam Deck, go to desktop mode. Click the
Steam button, go down to
Power, and then
Switch to Desktop. Wait for the Deck to reboot.
- In the desktop mode, open up
Discover. You find it by clicking on the
- Search for
Discord. (If the keyboard doesn't pop up, click the
Steam Button + the X-button.) Install the app.
- Next, we want to install one additional tweak to run the voice overlay. For this, go back to
Discover, and search for
Discover Overlay. Install that.
- Now, we need to add both programs,
Discover Overlayto Steam. Open up
desktop Steam, go to
Library, and at the bottom left corner, click on the plus sign, then
Add a Non-Steam Game.... Find both tools, and add them to Steam.
- We need one additional step. Go to your
Steam libraryand look for
Discover Overlay. Right-click it, and then choose
Launch Options, you want to replace whatever is written there with the following line of code:
DISPLAY=:0 %command% run io.github.trigg.discover_overlay. The easiest is to copy-paste this.
- We're done. To use the tool, you'll want to have both
Discover Overlayrunning in the background. Also, a side note: You navigate
Discover Overlayusing the touchscreen. I couldn't get the mouse cursor to appear. Also, the
Web Browsercontroller layout seems to work best with Discord.
That's it. We have Discord running properly on Steam Deck in game mode.