Steam Deck Verified Reviews will let you know which games are running on the Handheld Gaming PC
Valve Steam bridge is a portable gaming system that is essentially a portable gaming PC. But it does have a custom AMD Ryzen processor with RDNA 2 graphics. It comes with Steam’s Linux-based Steam OS software pre-installed. It has controllers and touchpads, but no physical keyboard. And the display resolution is lower than some gaming PCs.
So while Valve says that “a lot” of the 50,000 games available from the Steam game client will run on the Steam Deck without any issues, no. all the game will be compatible. The company has therefore launched a new Steam bridge checked note to let you know if the Steam Deck can handle the games you want to play.
The ratings are basically divided into four categories:
- Games with a green checkbox are checked, and should work fine out of the box.
- Games with a yellow information icon are playable, but you may need to make some adjustments before you can play.
- Games with a gray line through a circle the icon are non supported and won’t provide a good experience if you try to run them on a Steam Deck.
- Games with a gray question mark fall into a unknown category, indicating that Valve has not yet tested the game and does not have enough information to let you know whether they are playable on a Steam Deck or not.
Valve says the icons will be visible in the Steam game client when you purchase games or browse your library. In addition to the icon itself, there is a Learn More button that you can press to get more information about Why a game is playable or unsupported rather than verified.
The company says it checks the games to make sure they:
- Supports the Steam Deck entry system, works with built-in controllers, and automatically displays the on-screen keyboard when you need it.
- Supports display resolutions of 1280 x 800 or 1280 x 720 pixels and this text is readable with these settings.
- Do not display any compatibility warnings, and launchers or other features can be navigated using controllers.
- Work with Proton, Valve’s compatibility software that allows Windows games to run on Linux, assuming they are not natively available for Linux. This includes all aspects of the game, including the anti-cheat software, which must also be compatible with Linux.
Game ratings may change over time if game developers update their titles or when Valve updates Steam OS. But there are some things that will likely remain constant – for example, the Steam Deck isn’t designed to support VR games and experiences, and doesn’t really have the power to do so. So any game that requires a VR headset will be listed as unsupported.
The Steam Deck is available for pre-order for $ 399 and more, and it is expected to start shipping in December to customers who have already made pre-orders, although new customers won’t receive their units until Q2 2022.
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