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author: Jacob Blazewicz

Steam Deck After Launch; Valve Summarizes Development

Steam Deck is now a month old, which has brought quite a few improvements for Valve's portable computer.

Source: Steam Deck's official website.

Steam Deck has been on the market for over a month now. Although the availability of this portable computer still leaves a bit to be desired, Valve saw fit to summarize the device's development to date.

Steam Deck for over 2,000 games

Over the past few weeks, more and more publishers and independent developers have been bragging about customizing their games for Steam Deck. There are now over two thousand "playable" and verified titles on Steam that can be run on the device.

One of the March updates of the platform added the information about the operation of a given title on Steam Deck on the game's tab. At the same time, Valve added a feature to report problems with games on the device, as well as a section with comments from developers on the progress of the verification process.

A month full of changes and improvements

In addition to comments on games, Valve has made it possible to report problems with the Steam Deck itself and to see a list of changes to updates to its software directly on the device.

  1. The operation of the store, the main screen and, above all, the game collection has also been improved. The latter now allows for dynamic tag-based catalogs (FPS or single player, for example) and fast scrolling. In addition, players can see more detailed information on the progress of game downloads.
  2. Valve has also made an effort to expand Steam Deck's customization options. It is not just about aesthetics. Users can customize the controller settings separately for each game, as well as improve battery life by imposing fps limits (or dig into more advanced options).

For more information, check out the announcement on Steam.

The future of Steam Deck

As with Steam, Valve intends to continue developing its portable computer. Of course, the changes will be decided mainly by user feedback, but the company already has some plans. At the end of February there was talk of a possible successor to Steam Deck, and a little later the company mentioned "monolithic updates" to the device.

  1. Top priority is given to ways to increase battery life. This element was criticized even before Steam Deck debuted, and it's the reason for the addition of advanced graphics options (including the ability to limit animation smoothness to as low as 15 fps). It's also possible that Valve will try to improve things on their own, though nothing has been mentioned about that as of yet.
  2. For a long time Steam Deck offers the option to install Windows 10, and in the future Valve plans to allow the use of Microsoft's newer system. For now you can check it out only as part of driver beta testing.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).

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