As the release of Steam Deck gets closer and closer, Valve continues to share more details about its highly anticipated portable gaming PC, and the company has now announced that it will be revising the entire Steam catalog to create a new one. compatibility assessment system.
As stated in Valve’s latest video, all games on Steam will fall into one of four categories – Verified, Playable, Unsupported, and Unknown – giving Steam Deck users a quick and easy way to check compatibility with their system.
Verified games, indicated by a check mark in a green circle, are said to “work great” with Steam Deck, right out of the box. Specifically, these titles must pass all checks that fall under four test categories: entry, transparency, display, and system support.
Verified games should, for example, support Steam Deck’s default resolution (1280×800 or 1280×720), have “good defaults” and readable text. They will also offer full controller support, use the appropriate input icons, and automatically display the onscreen keyboard.
Additionally, verified titles will not result in compatibility warnings and launchers must be navigable with a controller. Finally, in cases where a game runs through Proton, the game and its middleware – including anti-cheat – must be supported by Proton.
As for Valve’s other compatibility categories, playable games (indicated by a lowercase “i” in a yellow circle) “may require some manual adjustment” to play – for example, gamers may need to use the game. touchscreen to navigate a launcher, or may need to manually select a community controller setup.
Unsupported games, on the other hand, are those that currently don’t work on Steam Deck – such as VR titles – while unknown games are simply those that have yet to be tested for compatibility.
Verified games will be highlighted on the first tab of the Steam Deck store, but the full Steam catalog will still be searchable from the device, with each game clearly displaying its compatibility icon. A more specific compatibility breakdown – detailing where a title has passed certain Verified checks but not others – will also be accessible for each game.
âWe have already started reviewing titles and will continue to verify games until launch and beyond,â Valve said. on its compatibility page. “This is an ongoing evaluation of the entire catalog and a game’s rating may change over time – titles will be reviewed as the developer releases updates or the Deck’s software is improving. “
Steam Deck is currently expected to start shipping in December to select territories including the UK, EU, and US. The device will be available in more regions throughout 2022.