Valve simply launched a brand new function that allows you to signal into Steam and examine to see how lots of the video games in your library will run on the brand new Steam Deck handheld. I’ve ended up with a lot of video games over my time on this job, from every kind of genres and eras, so figured operating the take a look at on them may be a helpful real-world indication of how issues are shaping up forward of the machine’s launch.
As of right now (February 24, 2022 in Australia), I’ve 810 correct, precise video games in my Steam library. That seems like too many video video games, however I’ve been doing this job for 15 years, which has concerned a ton of corporations/folks sending me video games to take a look at for impressions/evaluations, so all of them add up over time. It’s not like I’ve bankrupted myself within the identify of grand technique video games and roguelikes.
Due to the variety of video games concerned, but in addition the range—most of those are video games I’ve had to take a look at professionally, not those I’d be into personally—I used to be to see simply what number of of these are presently licensed to be operating, so I ran the take a look at and bought some stunning outcomes.
Right here’s how the take a look at shook out. First up, the video games which might be 100% prepared for the Steam Deck. Of the 810 video games in my library, I had solely 59 that have been absolutely licensed, starting from NBA 2K22 to MGSV to Alien Isolation To Yakuza: Like A Dragon. I don’t know what Soccer Ways Glory is doing there, and I feel I might go blind attempting to play Desperadoes III on such a small display, however I admire that it’s working regardless.
Subsequent up: the video games that “are purposeful on Steam Deck, however would possibly require additional effort to work together with or configure”. There have been 66 on this class, and whereas a lot of them fell into the “you actually need a monitor and mouse to play this” class (like Paradox video games, the Soccer Supervisor sequence and Cities Skylines), there have been others that gamers may need been hoping can be prepared by now, like Murderer’s Creed titles and Skyrim.
Which lastly brings us to the record of video games that merely don’t work, and that is the place I bought my greatest shock. I used to be anticipating this to be an infinite catalogue of failures and dead-ends, however was as a substitute greeted by simply 23 video games, as a result of there’s truly a secret, bonus fourth class.
See, these are simply the video games which were confirmed to not be working. Leaving me with 632 video games which might be simply on the market, untested. Possibly they’ll work, perhaps they gained’t. I can’t even see a listing of them, so have to simply work backwards by way of exclusion, however on this class are some current massive releases from EA (FIFA 22, Battlefield 2042) and Microsoft (Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5)
Possibly they’ll be working by launch (early adopters must be getting their arms on the unit in every week or two), perhaps not! I’m certain wherever there’s an absence of official date these pioneers will likely be testing every part they personal and sharing their outcomes.
Word that this isn’t a long-lasting document, or a criticism of the service or the platform. Like Valve says, the variety of appropriate video games will enhance over time by way of each testing and updates, and the extra customers can share their experiences taking part in, the extra we’ll find out about how beforehand desktop-only titles work on a handheld.
And when you’d prefer to see some general stats regardless, right here they’re; at time of posting 1084 video games have been formally examined, with 399 of them being verified, 327 playable however with points and 358 unsupported.
I simply thought this may be a useful real-world instance of the sort of compatibility outcomes folks can count on once they first get their arms on the primary wave of items going out!