Finding the locations of save files on the Steam Deck is essential for controlling game progress. This tutorial offers a methodical approach to finding these files while accommodating Steam Deck's distinct system architecture.
Steam Deck save file locations
Game save files are kept in a unique folder called the Prefix Folder by the Steam Deck, which combines the flexibility of Linux with the extensive Steam library. You can locate these saves by following the instructions in this guide, which will enable you to back up, transfer, or edit your game data as needed.
These are the steps to find the save file locations:
- Determine the SteamID
- Every game on Steam Deck, regardless of whether it came from Steam or another source, has a distinct SteamID. Finding the game files requires the use of this ID.
- Look up the ID for Steam games on SteamDB. The SteamID of non-Steam games can be found using third-party tools.
- The Compact Data Folder
- Use the path /home/deck/.steam/steam/steamapps/compact data/ to navigate to the compact data folder.
- The game's prefix folder, which holds important configuration data, is located in this directory.
- Find the Prefix Folder for the Game
- Proceed to /SteamID/.pfx/drive_c. Each game is uniquely identified by its SteamID.
- The Steam Deck saves files for different games along this path.
- Find the Game Save Files
- Finally, to access your game save files, navigate to the designated folder inside the prefix directory.
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