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Steam Deck's first batch of compatibility rated games are now available for viewing


With Steam Deck currently still on track to meet its revised February 2022 release date, there’s a lot of work going on behind-the-scenes in preparation for launch, including Valve’s extensive drive to rate every game on Steam’s compatibility with the highly anticipated portable gaming PC – and the first batch of Steam titles to have received ratings, whether that a fully compatible Verified or otherwise, have now appeared for perusal online.

Valve first discussed its Steam Deck Verified initiative back in October, announcing it had started reviewing the entire Steam catalogue to create a new compatibility ratings system – labelling games as either Verified, Playable, Unsupported, and Unknown – that would provide Steam Deck users with a simple means of checking how games will function on their system.

Four months on, as spotted by users on the Steam Deck subreddit, Valve has starting updating Steam’s database behind-the-scenes to include details of its first Verified games, with a browse of Steamdb.info revealing the company has now added compatibility details for 67 titles.

Steam Deck: Introducing Deck Verified.

To be granted a Verified rating – which denoting full compatibility with Steam Deck – a game must first pass four checks: all functionality must be accessible when using the machine’s default controller configuration, Steam Deck controller icons must be shown in-game, interface text must legible on the display screen, and the default graphics configuration must perform well.

Out of the initial 67 titles currently rated, 39 have passed with flying colours to receive a Verified rating, while 23 have failed at least one test, pushing them down into the Playable category. Valheim, for instance, is noted as sometimes showing mouse, keyboard, or non-Steam Deck controller icons during play, while Subnautica loses a point for the fact some functionality isn’t accessible with the default controller configuration – instead requiring the use of the touchscreen, virtual keyboard, or a community configuration. As for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, “some in-game text may be small and difficult to read”.

Of the five titles currently listed as Unsupported, four aren’t much of a surprise given they’re designed for VR headsets. However, the one oddity arrives in the form of Persona 4 Golden, with Valve merely noting it’s still working on adding Steam Deck support for the game.

It appears Valve has been periodically updating its database with new Steam Deck compatibility ratings throughout the day, so while I’ve detailed everything available at the time of writing below, expect that list to steadily grow. With 67 games down and approximately 60,000 Steam games to go, however, I probably won’t be updating the list to completion.

VERIFIED

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite
  • APE OUT
  • Castle Crashers
  • Celeste
  • Circuit Superstar
  • Cuphead
  • DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin
  • DARK SOULS III
  • DEATH STRANDING
  • Death’s Door
  • Dishonored
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Gunfire Reborn
  • Hollow Knight
  • HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED
  • Into the Breach
  • Mad Max
  • Manifold Garden
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
  • NieR:Automata
  • Noita
  • Portal 2
  • Psychonauts 2
  • RAD
  • Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Risk of Rain
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Sable
  • SCARLET NEXUS
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
  • The Messenger
  • Total War: WARHAMMER II
  • Tunche
  • Webbed

PLAYABLE

  • Among Trees
  • Black Skylands
  • BRAVELY DEFAULT II
  • Cats in Time
  • Cookie Clicker
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Dyson Sphere Program
  • Factorio
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Inscryption
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year
  • RimWorld
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Season of Mystery : The Cherry Blossom Murders
  • Slay the Spire
  • Stormworks: Build and Rescue
  • Subnautica
  • Swords of Legends Online
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Tomb Raider
  • Tribes of Midgard 2
  • Valheim
  • War Thunder

UNSUPPORTED

  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Budget Cuts
  • Job Simulator
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • theBlu





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