Steam Deck’s Compatible Games: A Guide


Having your recreation crash earlier than it even opens, or in the course of gameplay, shouldn’t be superb. Add to that the chance for tiny textual content, a small UI, and controls which can be designed for gamers who’ve a keyboard, and never all video games are price taking part in on the Steam Deck proper now.

Fortunately, Valve is regularly play-testing video games which can be obtainable on Steam and marking them to indicate their degree of compatibility on the Deck—and itemizing a few of the issues you could run into for every, each within the Steam Retailer and earlier than set up. That is known as the Deck Verified program, which is basically a sequence of checks, run by means of a script, to see how the video games carry out. Valve additionally has individuals who obtain, set up, and run by means of video games to see whether or not the controls work, whether or not the keyboard pops up while you click on on a textual content enter subject, and the way the UI appears.

“Now we have a really, very giant catalog, and we simply aren’t going to have the ability to undergo it as quick as we wish,” says Lawrence Yang, a UX designer at Valve presently engaged on the Steam Deck. He’s not kidding; there are over 60,000 video games on Steam in the meanwhile. “However we’re in a position to do sure issues, like have a look at the checklist of video games individuals play or wishlist who’ve reserved the Deck, and we prioritize these, so individuals who get a Deck on day one, we’re prone to have examined most of their library at that time.”

Yang additionally says that even when a recreation is marked as Playable as a substitute of Verified, that doesn’t imply it is best to skip proper previous it. “We simply need prospects to know what to anticipate once they launch a recreation—and everybody’s threshold goes to be totally different.”

There are a number of methods to verify which video games are suitable on the Steam Deck. Right here’s how:

Your Video games on Steam Deck

When you have a Steam Deck in hand, you may verify the compatibility of video games you’ve already bought by hitting the Steam button on the left aspect of the console and scrolling to Library. There are two classes right here for checking compatibility: Nice on Deck and All Video games.

Nice on Deck, because the title suggests, will solely present you video games that Valve has verified as engaged on the Steam Deck. This contains Dying Stranding, Hades, Disco Elysium, Jackbox, Portal 2, and extra.

In All Video games, hovering over the thumbnail for a recreation will show a bit of spherical image within the backside proper that signifies how nicely it should play on the Deck. There are 4 choices—a inexperienced tick for Verified, an orange i for Playable however with caveats, a grey query mark if its playability is presently Unknown, and a grey circle with a line by means of it if the sport is listed as Unsupported.

To search out extra details about the sport’s playability, click on on it and choose Sport Information (you will note the spherical image subsequent to this, so it’s simpler to seek out). Beneath the blurb for the sport you will note a field subsequent to Steam Deck Compatibility titled Particulars; click on on this. If it’s a Verified recreation, this display will say that it’s “totally useful” on the Deck. If it’s Playable, it should say it’s “useful on Steam Deck, however may require further effort to work together with or configure.” It should then present you which ones parts won’t work nicely on the Deck. Whether it is marked as Unknown, it should say “Valve remains to be studying about this title,” with out giving any extra info—at which level you may select to attempt the sport your self or wait till it’s been reviewed. If it’s listed as Unsupported, it says that Valve’s testing reveals that “some or all of this recreation presently doesn’t perform on Steam Deck.”

By way of the Retailer on Steam Deck

Should you haven’t but bought a recreation however need to see the way it will play on the Deck, you are able to do this through the Steam Retailer.

On the Deck, hit the Steam button and select Retailer. Both seek for the sport you’re interested by or scroll by means of till you discover one which pursuits you. Much like video games in your Library, hovering over a recreation’s thumbnail within the Retailer will present you the spherical indicator image, this time within the high proper quite than the underside proper.

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