Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Valve updates Half-Life for Steam Deck

Valve is working on updating a number of their most popular games for the Steam Deck, tweaking the controls and UI to play better on their upcoming portable powerhouse, the Steam Deck. The Half-Life series, Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive either already have or will receive upgrades to give them “better experiences”.

In an interview with the cheerful RPS fanzine PC player, several Valve designers stated their efforts to improve the gaming experience on the treated PC. Valve has already added gamepad support to Dota 2, and more tweaks are planned for others.

“While the core experience in Half-Life games with a controller is quite sophisticated, many things around the experience are either left out or not brought to the same level over time,” designer Greg Coomer told PCG.

Likewise, PCG says CS: GO will polish up the game’s existing gyro target and tweak items like the radial menus. “The team is really putting a new spin on this new fine-tuning and new design intentions,” said Coomer.

Valve designer Lawrence Yang added that the portal games are already good for wearable devices, although they may tweak Left 4 Dead 2 as well. “I think we want to look at the entire Valve catalog to make sure things are good on deck,” he told PCG.

Coomer too said PCG that Valve still expects to launch the system in February 2022 after previously delaying due to the global shortage of computer chips.

“We feel we are on the right track,” he said. “We are still stunned that we had to move from the end of this year to the beginning of next year. But yes, all the indications are that we can ship in February.”

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