Valve’s Rating System Shows Which Games Can And Can’t Be Played On Steam Deck

The soon-to-be-released Steam Deck, coming out this December, will allow PC gamers to take all their favorite titles on the move…with some exceptions. Deck Verified is a way for players to quickly get a sense of a game’s playability on the Steam Deck with a rating system that breaks games down into four categories: verified, playable, unsupported, and unknown. These categories refer to games that work great “right out of the box,” games that will require some extra work to play, and games that may not be a good experience on the Steam Deck.

A game classified as “verified” means that it passes Valve’s checks for input, display, performance, and seamlessness on the new portable PC. Games marked “playable” will require a little bit of tinkering from users, possibly involving adjusting a game’s graphics manually or utilizing the on-screen keyboard or the Deck’s touch screen to navigate menus. “Unsupported” and “unknown” games are simply not playable on the device, although Valve provided us with some hope when they said these games don’t work on the Deck “yet.”

Steam developers can request a Steam Deck compatibility review for their games manually, but some back catalog games that “Valve identifies… as important to Steam Deck customers” will be added to the review queue “based on automated heuristics.”

The review process should take about a week, according to Valve’s estimates, after which developers will receive “detailed point-by-point results” of the review. After that, developers will have an opportunity to fix any outstanding issues and request a re-review before the results are published. Otherwise, any results will be automatically published after a week. Titles will be re-reviewed “as the developer releases updates or the Deck’s software improves,” Valve says.

(All information was provided by Kotaku and Ars Technica)

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