With only 3 days left until the official launch of steam bridge, Valve’s Linux-powered handheld console already has a huge library of playable games. The certified list of “verified” and “playable” titles just hit 762 titles with no signs of slowing down.
What does Steam Deck Verified mean?
Over the past few weeks, Valve has checked the all Steam library – north of 60,000 games – for Steam Deck compatibility – and will certainly continue the process after console launch. But if you’re just keeping up to date with recent Steam Deck news, you might be wondering what “Steam Deck Verified” means.
Basically, Valve employs an army of QA testers to sit down and evaluate every game on the Steam Deck. If it meets a certain set of criteria, it gets a bright green “Verified” badge. “Verified” means the game feels like a native experience; because it was designed with the console in mind. The four major requirements are:
- Contribution: The title should fully support the controller, use proper controller input icons, and automatically show the on-screen keyboard when needed.
- To display: The game must support the default Steam Deck resolution (1280×800 or 1280×720), have good default settings, and the text must be readable.
- Harmony: The title should show no compatibility warnings, and if there is a launcher, it should be navigable with a controller.
- System support: If you are using Proton, the game and all its middleware must be supported by Proton. This includes anti-cheat support.
If a game doesn’t meet all of these requirements, but still offers a playable experience, it will still earn a “Playable” badge (more on that in my full review on February 25).
It’s also worth mentioning that just because a game already runs on Linux (which powers the Deck’s SteamOS) doesn’t automatically get either of these compatibility badges. Gaming On Linux has more details on Valve’s native vs Proton tests here.
AT LEAST 762 games playable at launch
Just four days ago, there were “only” 650 certified playable games in Steam Deck’s verified list. Now the number is at 762 according to SteamDB.
This means over 100 have been added to the collection in 72 hours.
At this rate, we could see that number jump to 1,000 before mid-March. And with Valve’s accelerated pace improving Windows game compatibility on Linux (and therefore Deck), I wouldn’t be surprised to see literally tens of thousands of playable games by the end of 2022.
Which raises an interesting data point. If you do include games that already have native Linux versions, this number increases to 20,000+. What about Windows games that are perfectly playable on Linux, according to ProtonDB? That’s several thousand more. . .
If we look at this from the perspective of a console launch, it’s historic. And if you choose to view the Steam Deck as a PC instead, well, that’s a ridiculously large library for a $399 handheld, isn’t it?
Stick around for continued Steam Deck coverage. It will be a very fun ride.