Valve unveils a system for testing Steam Deck-compatible games. Valve is going through the entire Steam library to verify whether any of the games work with its new handheld gaming system, which will be released in December.
One of the questions most gamers are asking is which games will be compatible with Steam Deck, which comes with a new Linux-based version of SteamOS that uses the Proton tool to run native Windows games.
In principle, this method allows for most of the Steam catalog titles to work, although there are certain exceptions, such as those that rely on third-party software like an anti-cheat program. To ensure that users know whether a game will be compatible with Steam Deck before installing it, Valve has begun assessing one by one the Steam games to sort them into categories with a very basic mechanism that allows us to quickly see if a game is compatible.
Verified, playable, unsupported, and unknown
Valve will list the games in four different categories according to their compatibility with Steam Deck being these Verified, Playable, Not Compatible, or Unknown. These tags will be represented by the symbols seen in the photo below, and they will be quickly recognizable in the Steam Store on Deck.
Verified games will be listed first in the Steam Deck Store
To make it simpler for gamers to buy Steam Deck compatible games from the Steam Store on Deck, the first tab will show the games that are completely verified for usage on the platform while the other tabs will allow access to the whole inventory.
In addition, when we launch our Steam Deck Library on Steam, we can see right away the compatibility badges of all the games we own to know how well they work with Steam Deck and start using the Valve platform that will begin shipping in December 2021 as soon as possible.