Valve has confirmed that it has no interest in releasing games that are exclusive to the Steam Deck.
As confirmed on one FAQ page Regarding questions asked by developers and publishers at the company’s Steamworks Steam Deck event, Valve said it wasn’t interested in developers making games exclusively for the upcoming handheld.
When asked about the matter, Valve’s answer was short and clear. “No, that doesn’t make much sense to us. It’s a PC and it should just play like a PC, ”the company answers in the FAQ. To further deepen Valve’s comments, once launched, the Steam Deck will run a modified version of Valve’s SteamOS – designed with a console-like interface that allows players to easily navigate the Steam Store and their own Steam Libraries .
However, the handheld also gives players access to an unrestricted computer desktop on which third-party applications can be used and installed. This essentially means you can run non-Steam games and launchers on the device as well – making it a handheld PC. With that in mind, it probably wouldn’t make much sense to create exclusive Steam Deck titles that you can’t run on PC – it might boost sales of the handheld, but it would also frustrate fans who don’t own a deck.
Earlier this month, Valve announced that the launch of the Steam Deck would be postponed for two months. The first units of the portable computer handheld will now be shipped in February 2022 instead of the originally planned release date in December 2021. On top of that, it also means those further back in the queue for a Steam Deck will have to adjust their expectations as the company has announced that the dates will be postponed accordingly.
Close-up of Valve’s Steam Deck
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