Steam games are finally starting to get their 'Deck Verified' status

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Valve said in October 2021 that it was reviewing "the entire Steam catalog" to determine each game's compatibility with the upcoming Steam Deck (opens in new tab) handheld. A game's status would be indicated on the Steam storefront via a "Deck Verified" indicator showing that a game was Verified, Playable (with some limitations), Unsupported, or Unknown, meaning it hasn't been tested.

Valve's efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Members of the SteamDeck subreddit (opens in new tab) have noticed that some games have received a Deck Verified status, and while that status is not currently displayed on Steam store listings, it can be seen on SteamDB (opens in new tab) (there's also a workaround to see them on Steam—more on that below). The list is currently quite small, covering only 67 of the 60,000+ games on Steam, and further complicating the situation is that not all the games in the list are verified. The only way to check a game's status is to look at its individual listing.

Cuphead (opens in new tab), for instance, is verified:

Cuphead Steam listing

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Subnautica (opens in new tab), on the other hand, is only playable:

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Some limitations are relatively minor: The Witcher 3 (opens in new tab), for instance, is fully functional using the default Steam Deck controller setup and "performs well" on the unit, but is only rated as "playable" because some in-game text is small and may be hard to read on the Steam Deck screen. 

There are a handful of "unsupported" games in the list, but the good news for Steam Deck stans is that all but one are VR games (Steam Deck doesn't support VR). The lone standard game on the list that's unsupported is Persona 4 Golden (opens in new tab).

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As I said, there is a way to see these listings through Steam, laid out by redditor Priception_Official (opens in new tab). It's wonky, but I tried it and it does actually work, using the Firefox browser at least—it might work with others but Priception_Official apparently hasn't tested it on different browsers and I'm a Firefox main myself.

Here's the process:

  • Press CTRL + Shift + M on an open tab (This puts the browser into "Responsible Design Mode," a way to emulate different types of displays to ensure websites work properly on other devices.)
  • Set the Resolution to 900x800
  • Click the Settings icon at the top right and enable "Show User Agent"
  • Type "Valve Steam Gamepad" into the "UA" field
  • Make sure "Touch Simulation" (next to UA) is disabled
  • Go to store.steampowered.com (opens in new tab) and look at some games

Assuming you followed the steps properly, you'll see the Steam Deck Compatibility indicator in the upper-right corner of the store page. Clicking the "learn more" button will provide a detailed breakdown of compatibility points.

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It's not an ideal browsing solution, but it works, and more importantly it's evidence that Valve is making progress on this—small progress, yes, but single steps and great journeys, as the saying goes. Presumably the process of getting games verified will be accelerated soon: The Steam Deck is currently expected to begin shipping in February (opens in new tab).

There's no word at this point as to when the verification results will begin appearing on standard Steam store pages, but Valve confirmed that it has started rolling out Steam Deck Verified test results for a few games in an email sent to PC Gamer. 

"These early rounds are specifically to test various parts of the Store and Library on Steam Deck," a Valve representative explained. "We’ll be doing these small-scale tests over the next week or two before ramping up significantly towards (and past) launch."

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.