As much as we already love Steam Deck, it’s not without any limitations. There are games that, at least currently, cannot be played on Valve’s “handheld PC”. The reason can be quite simple: a game requires a VR set, although there are cases more complicated than that. Let’s dive into the realm of Steam Deck unsupported games to try comprehending why they cannot be played on this device in their current state.
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Why some games cannot be played on Steam Deck?
The reason why not everything from Steam game library is playable on the device is mostly due to the anti-cheat aspect of titles with multiplayer modes. Since Deck’s SteamOS (which is basically a modified Linux) isn’t really compatible with Easy Anti-Cheat or BattlEye yet, they cannot be played on Valve’s handheld. That’s why we still aren’t able to play Gears 5 or Dead by Daylight, at least for now. Many of the unplayable Steam Deck games are online titles, so it’s a given that Valve will do something about it.
In fact, Steam has already started reaching out to game developers, so that the latter can update their titles, which will make them available to be played on Valve’s handheld then. How soon does this happen with a game surely depends of how cooperative the developers will be with Gabe’s company.
Let’s hope that we won’t have to wait a couple of months (and that’s still a rather optimistic approach) before we get to see, say, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT on the list of Steam Deck supported games. It would be a real shame seeing such a powerful unit not being able to run great titles solely due to the technical side of things. And there’s so much more that we would love to see on this rather small, yet extremely powerful device.
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