Before the Steam Deck release in December, Valve detailed the compatibility program that will let people know if they can play their games on the portable PC. Synchronized , the system groups games into four categories: “Verified”, “Playable”, “Unsupported” and “Unknown”.
When you see a game with the first badge it means it is ready to use right out of the box. As for the playable category, Valve says you might need to do some tweaking. For example in a title like Team Fortress 2, you may need to download a community controller configuration before you can use the Steam Deck’s thumbsticks and face buttons to play the game. Valve lists Half-life: alyx as an example of an experience you can’t play on Steam Deck, suggesting that the unsupported category is mostly occupied by VR titles. After all, an unknown day means the company hasn’t had a chance to test this game for compatibility yet.
In order to receive the verified status, a game must meet four criteria. First, it should have full controller support and the on-screen keyboard should appear when needed. Second, there should be no compatibility warnings. The game should also support the native resolution of 1,280 x 800 of the Steam Deck and the text should be easy to read. Finally, when the title is playable through Proton, everything, including any anti-cheat software, should work through the compatibility layer.
For convenience, the badges will appear in both your Steam Library and the Store. Plus, every time you buy a game, you’ll see a full compatibility report listing all the issues to expect while playing the game. Valve says it is also working on a system that will allow you to see which compatibility category each game in your library falls under before Steam Deck is available in December.
Last but not least, the system should make it easier to decide whether it makes sense to buy a Steam Deck. The last thing anyone wants is to spend $ 400 on a new gadget and not be able to play their favorite games.
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