As first spotted by YouTuber Tyler McVicker, the update includes fixes to bugs from almost a decade ago, an expanded FOV slider, and adjustments to the UI, in order for the game to support ultrawide monitors.
The update also includes the neccesary adjustments to prepare Half-Life 2 for the Steam Deck, Vavle’s upcoming handheld. The Steam Deck uses Vulkan, an API which allows games to work with the it properly.
On October 18, Valve shared news on how the company will assign “Deck Verified” status to games. Being “Deck Verified” means passing four tests: input, seamlessness, display and system support.
On the review process, Valve said the following:
“We’ve already started reviewing titles and will continue to check games through launch and beyond. This is an ongoing evaluation of the entire catalogue and a game’s rating can change over time – titles will be re-reviewed as the developer releases updates or the Deck’s software improves.”
Steam Deck games will be assigned four labels, based on how they perform during Valve’s internal review. These labels are Verified, Playable, Unsupported and Unknown.
In other news, the first Pokemon Go in-person event since the pandemic has attracted 20,000 fans. It was also the first ever event for the game in the UK.