Running The Steam Deck Compatibility Test On 810 Actual Games
Valve just released a new feature that allows you to log in to Steam and check how many games in your library will work on your new portable Steam Deck. I’m done with many games during my time in a wide variety of genres and eras, so I figured that testing them could be a useful real indicator of how things are going before a device is released.
As of today (February 24, 2022, in Australia), I have 810 real games in my Steam library. It sounds like a lot of video games, but I’ve been doing this job for 15 years with a lot of companies/people sending me games to check impressions/reviews. They add up over time. It’s not like I went bankrupt in the name of grand strategy games and roguelikes.
Due to the number of games involved, as well as the variety of them – most of them are games that I had to check out professionally, and not ones that I would like to do personally – I was interested to know how many of them in currently certified to work, so I ran a test and got some amazing results.
Here’s how the test shook out. First, games that are 100% ready for the Steam deck of the 810 games in my library, only 59 have been fully certified, ranging from NBA 2K22 to IGSV to alien isolation TO Yakuza: Like a Dragon. I have no idea what Football tactics Glory doing there and I think I’m going blind trying to play Desperate III on such a small screen, but I appreciate that it works independently.
Next up: games that are “functional on Steam Deck, but may require additional effort to interact or set up.” There were 66 of them in this category, and although many of them fell into the “you really need a monitor and a mouse to play the game” category (for example, Paradox games, football manager series, and City skylines), there were others that players hoped would already be ready, such as Assassin’s Creed titles and Skyrim.
This finally brings us to the list of games that just don’t work, and this is where I got my biggest surprise. I expected it to be a huge catalog of mishaps and dead ends, but instead I was greeted with only 23 games because there is actually a secret bonus fourth category.
See, these are just the games that were confirmed not to work. I have 632 games left that just came out, untested. Maybe they will work, maybe they won’t. I can’t even see a list of them so I have to work backward with an exception, but there are a few recent major releases from EA in this category (FIFA 22, Battlefield 2042) and Microsoft (Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5).
Maybe they will work by release (early users should get their hands on the device in a week or two), or maybe not! I’m sure everywhere where there is no official data these pioneers will test everything they have and share their results.
Please note that this is not a long-term write-up or criticism of a service or platform. According to Valve, the number of compatible games will increase over time through both testing and updates. The more users can share their gaming experience, the more we will know about how games that were previously only available on desktop computers work on handheld devices.
And if you want to see the overall stats no matter they are here; At the time of publication, 1084 games have been officially tested of which 399 have been tested, 327 are playable but with problems, and 358 are not supported.
I thought this would be a useful real-life example of what kind of compatibility results people can expect when they first get their hands on the first wave of coming out units!