Valve has introduced a rating system that informs players that it is compatible with Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC that will be available by the end of the year out of 50,000 Steam games.
Steam Deck Verified will peg the game as fully compatible, partially compatible, or incompatible with Steam Deck when the metric is invoked. Officially, these categories have been validated, playable, unsupported, and unknown.
“Every verified game is a great smooth experience on the deck,” says the narrator in the video above. Playable means “you need to get involved a bit more manually to configure and play”. Not supported means that the game “cannot be played in the deck”. Unknown means that the game’s Steam Deck playability has not yet been evaluated.
Verified games support full controller support, Steam Deck’s default resolution (1280×800 or 1280×720), and other basic features. The first tab in the Steam Store on your Steam Deck shows only the games that are “best for your deck.” The user’s game library has a compatibility badge that stands out for each title.
According to the official Steam Deck Verified page, Valve has confirmed the compatibility of the entire Steam catalog. Game ratings can change as developers provide post-release support and options, including Steam Deck, and as Steam Deck’s software improves.
Announced in July, Steam Deck will be available in December. Units start at $ 399. The handheld has a 7 inch touch screen. Players can also buy a dock that can run Steam Deck on their TV, like the Nintendo Switch.
However, storage can be a major drawback to Steam Deck. The base model only offers 64GB. The $ 529 mid-level option has 256GB of space. The $ 649 Steam Deck on the top shelf has a 512GB solid-state drive. The unit can be opened by the user and the hard drive can be replaced, but Valve strongly recommends that people do not.