Steam Deck, Valve's Answer to the Nintendo Switch; Now Set For February Release After Suffering a Delay

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But can it RUN NASCAR?
Probably.

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More Deck news:

Valve has announced a compatibility certification system, Steam Deck Verified:


Rock Paper Shotgun had a chat with Valve about it too.

And Half-Life 2 has been updated to add some apparently Deck-specific features including HUD scaling and aspect ratio independence, Vulkan support, fixes for various bugs and a few other nice things like ultrawide support:
 

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I'm probably going to get one for myself over holiday break. I'll consider it a graduation gift :)
 

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I'm probably going to get one for myself over holiday break. I'll consider it a graduation gift :)
That's extremely optimistic, given that there's a queue and if you join it now the delivery date is "after Q2 2022"... Unless you meant the holiday break next year!
 

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Well I thought they would be in stores by then. I didn't think would need to join a queue...
 

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Delayed two months. I'm Q2 now so clearly wasn't near the front of the Q1 queue!
 

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Delayed two months. I'm Q2 now so clearly wasn't near the front of the Q1 queue!

I was coming here to moan about this very thing! :lol:

Just got an email and I won't be getting mine until February. It's sooner than Q2, sure, but a delay is a delay — it still sucks.
 

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You can now view the results of the first verification tests, anything that's "category 3" is verified to work nicely with the Deck without tweaks, 2 means tweaks are required and 1 means those games don't work.

There are some interesting results there, I find it odd that they bothered to test several VR games when they knew none would work since Steam OS doesn't support VR! Dark Souls games work (does that mean Elden Ring will too?), maybe I'll finally give them another go but maybe not in public because no one needs to see a 35 year old man smash a toy to pieces because he lost some souls doing something dumb.

@Terronium-12 looks like they're on track for an (end of) February launch.