Unfortunately, we’re still a few months away from our first Steam Decks getting into the hands of avid PC gamers, but Valve has updated their FAQ to at least give us the answers to some of our burning deck questions. One of the biggest questions is whether Valve will start making exclusive games for the deck or whether it would allow other developers to do it for them.
The short answer is “no”. The long answer is also “no”.
“No, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to us,” Valve wrote in the updated Frequently asked questions about decks. “It’s a PC and it should only play games like a PC.”
As a reminder, the deck looks like a handheld console like the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation Vita, but it isn’t. It’s a computer, like a laptop or desktop, only you can hold it in your hands and play with it with some built-in controllers. It comes with a modified version of SteamOS that mimics a more console-like user interface, but it’s still the same operating system that you can install on any PC to run games from your Steam library.
In fact, you can get rid of SteamOS, install Windows, and just use the deck like a regular mobile PC, provided you have a mouse and keyboard on hand. And you could even connect the deck to another PC and use it as a controller with a huge screen in the middle.
In short, the deck is a computer. So if you only consider PC games to be “exclusive,” there are no deck-exclusive games.
There is deck, however verified Games. These are games that the developers sent to Valve to make sure they would play well with the deck’s hardware. Valve also updated the FAQs to let developers know how long this process will take, which they estimate to be a week from the time of submission (depending on how many people choose to submit their games at any given time). One can imagine the deck will get a lot of submissions once the hardware arrives in February, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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