With the portable PC release right around the corner, Valve has streamlined how players can find out the compatibility of their library on the Steam Deck. Whilst Valve is going to be testing “new titles constantly and [will] continue past launch,” this acts as a simple way for players to figure out if their favourite games work on the Steam Deck.
As outlined in this blog post, games in each player’s library are given a compatibility rating, revealing if a game is Steam Deck verified, playable (may require extra work), unsupported or untested.
Valve has already been very open and supportive with fans about the upcoming portable, as the company recently released all the files for its shell. This means anyone can 3D print their own shell, or use the files to design personal accessories and use these with their Steam Deck. By law these personal projects cannot be sold for commercial gain, but they can still be used.
For those looking to expand their library with Steam Deck verified games in the near future, changes are coming from March regarding how discounts work on the platform. The absolute maximum value of a discount will be capped at 90 per cent, with the minimum at 10 per cent.
In other news, Bethesda is retiring its own game launcher, and will be transferring relevant player save data, in-game currency and games to Steam.