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Valve has verified under 50 games for the Steam Deck so far

Steam Deck compatibility is slowly growing. (Image source: Valve)
Steam Deck compatibility is slowly growing. (Image source: Valve)
Valve has tested numerous games for Steam Deck compatibility, its RDNA 2-based handheld games console. So far, just over 40 have been certified as playable, including Cuphead and Death Stranding, among others.

Some time ago, Valve announced that it wanted to divide games on Steam into four categories, with some marked 'Verified for the Steam Deck' for its upcoming handheld console. In the company's words, verified means that a game 'works great on Steam Deck, right out of the box', and without any need to tweak graphics settings.

Below that sits Valve's 'Playable' category, deemed to be where a game 'may require some manual tweaking' for the Steam Deck to run it well. Valve uses examples such as manually selecting a controller configuration or using the touchscreen to navigate a launcher, but we imagine switching to lower graphics settings also applies. By contrast, games that fall within the 'Unsupported' category, as its name suggests, will not run on the Steam Deck. Finally, Valve lists an 'Unknown' category, covering all games that it has not tested.

Currently, SteamDB lists 42 games as being Steam Deck verified. Some of these games include Celeste, Cuphead and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, or older 3D games like Dishonored and Portal 2. This should come as no surprise though, given that the Steam Deck contains an RDNA 2-based GPU. According to Valve, Death Stranding, Dark Souls III, and Scarlett Nexus run smoothly on the Steam Deck, too.

Similarly, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider should be playable, as should The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Psychonauts 2. Unsurprisingly, these games will not run at maximum graphics settings. Still, we imagine the state of Steam Deck verification will only improve in the next few months. Once Valve releases the Steam Deck, it should have more details about game library compatibility. Until then, SteamDB allows you to filter by Steam Deck verified games.

(Image source: Valve)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-21 (Update: 2022-01-21)