Don’t worry about the future of the Steam Deck, Valve’s aspiring, SteamOS-based mobile gaming PC.
Though the release date of Deck was initially scheduled for some time in December last year, a Steam Community update from Valve has given assurance that they are on track for the revised release next month.
The post says that “First and foremost, we’re on track to ship Steam Deck on time. A global pandemic, supply issues, and shipping issues notwithstanding, it looks like we’ll be able to start getting these out the door by the end of February.”
Well, that must be good news to those who have already made the payment of the £4 booking charges, although it’s worth recalling that the “expected order availability” of Steam Decks turned over from the end of 2021 to early 2022 quite rapidly following the opening of reservations.
Hence, there are possibilities that orders will be dispatched on a rolling basis, instead of every single individual who placed a pre-order receiving their device by February 31.
But we will be taking into consideration how badly damaged the PC parts business has been within these last two years; the worst consequence is hardly the delay of a couple of months.
Valve’s post also says that testing for the Steam Deck Verified program is carried out together; if you haven’t seen this, it’s a rating system that Valve will be applying to games on Steam, giving at-a-glimpse info to users about how consistent a game will be with the Steam Deck.
Games with the “Verified” rating will perform fine on an immediate basis, “Playable” games will operate but might require some settings tweaks or be missing some features, and “Unsupported” games just won’t perform as needed. You should begin seeing such labels on Steam game charts soon.
I made the inclusion of the Steam Deck in a recent list of PC hardware to look forward to in 2022, although possible compatibility issues with its Linux-based OS could sensibly continue to be a matter of concern for prospective buyers.
Hopefully, the Steam Deck Verified system should get slightly more clarity as to which games exactly will be able to play nice with the handheld when it releases In February.
Deck Designers Say They Are Working to Maximize the Compatibility of Steam’s Library
For their part, Valve is paying attention to optimizing the compatibility of Steam’s library, along with providing assistance to other developers and upgrading their own, older games.
Some simply won’t take, however, last year, Steam Deck designers Greg Coomer and Lawrence Yang said in a statement that they would desire to “get as close to 100%” of the Steam catalog to play nice, but “not every game makes sense to bring to Steam Deck – for instance, we’re all proud of Half-Life: Alyx, but it’s not a game that Steam Deck was meant to run.”