Here is the first batch of Steam Deck Verified games, and it’s filled with some absolute gems.
Yesterday, on January 20, SteamDB tweeted that 38 games had been submitted to the Steam Deck Verified program. The list includes Celeste, Cuphead, Hollow Knight, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Psychonauts 2, Death Stranding, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Dark Souls 2 and 3, Into the Breach, and more.
I think this is a pretty strong line up for the Steam Deck Verified program right now, especially since this is only the first wave of confirmed games. Valve’s own Portal 2 was the first Steam Deck Verified game last week, officially making it the first game fully compatible with the new handheld device.
That is what the Steam Deck Verified program amounts to: a game that works perfectly with the new device from Valve. A Steam Deck certified for a specific game means that the game can run on the Steam Deck whenever and wherever it wants without any restrictions, technical or otherwise, and you can run it whenever and wherever you want.
As a result, the first wave of Steam Deck Verified entries actually reveals some titles that aren’t supported by the new hardware. While four of the five titles are VR games, including Job Simulator and Arizona Sunshine, the fifth title is Persona 4 Golden, the PC port of Atlus’s classic JRPG that only arrived on PC after more than a decade of wait in mid-2020.
Persona 4 Golden’s PC port did not work on the Steam Deck for no obvious reason, but it is particularly strange considering the game originally launched on PlayStation’s PS Vita handheld. Steam Deck is still on track to launch sometime next month in February, so we can expect to see more games added to the program between now and then.
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