Steam (pronounced [(e) Stim]) is a digital video game distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation. It was launched in September 2003 as a way to value automatic updates to their games, but finally expanded to include games that are not valve but from third parties. Steam offers protection against piracy,   pairing servers, video transmissions and social networking services. It also provides the user with the installation and automatic update of games and community features such as groups and lists of friends, saved in the cloud, voice in the game and chat functionality. It is used both by small independent developers and large software corporations for the distribution of videogames and related multimedia material. In order to enjoy all these services, it is necessary to be registered in the service by creating a free account, which linked video games purchased by the player. These games can be both the games that are offered for the purchase on the platform itself as certain games purchased in physical stores.
It is already known that not all games of your Steam library on Valves handheld PC called Steam Deck will run. To make life easier for you, Valve is currently testing the entire Steam library and classifies the games regarding their compatibility. What should you pay attention in the future, we ll tell you here.
Steam games are classified in four categories
Which classifications will give it? Depending on how compatible a game with the Linux-based Steam OS and Proton is, the games are divided into four categories. These are immediately recognizable by different symbols at the respective game title:
Verified: The game works flawlessly on the Steam Deck. Playable: You must manually adjust some settings to run the title on Steam Deck. These include, for example, the use of the touchscreen for navigation. Not supported: The game does not work on the steam deck. These include, for example, VR titles such as Half Life: Alyx . Unknown: Valve has not been able to check the game yet.
In order to achieve the category verified, the games must work properly with regard to their input, seamlessness, display and system support. The results of this review are displayed in the details of Steam Deck Compatibility. For example, you too, for example, what you need to keep in mind in titles in the playable category.
Directly visible: If you open the store on the Steam Deck, you will first display only games classified in the Verified category. To indicate the other categories, you have to change the tab.
How exactly the classification looks, Valve explains in a video:
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All information about the Steam Deck
When will the consoles be delivered? The console is shipped to start December 2021. Then the first consoles will be dealt with those who could get the steam deck first.
Can I pre-order a console now? Unfortunately, you can only register for a reservation for a reservation. From the 2nd quarter 2022 it should be possible again to order the Steam Deck.
The Steam Deck is offered in three different models. What the individual models offer is in the corresponding Steam library article:
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Steam Deck - Valve makes the switch competition with new handheld, which is quasi a portable PC
The first handheld devices are already incremented on some developer studios. The first impressions are extremely positive. A developer is only one criticism: All games that only support mouse and keyboard do not work in Handheld mode without adjustments. But the Steam deck can be connected to another piece of hardware, so this problem can be created from the world.
What do you say to the classification action by Valve?