Don’t Expect the Steam Deck to Get Exclusive Games

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With the Steam Deck launch a few months out, Valve recently posted a new FAQ for developers. In it, the company confirmed device owners shouldn’t expect to see exclusive games.

“No, that doesn’t make much sense to us,” wrote Valve. “It’s a PC and it should just play games like a PC.”

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The Steam Deck acts as a handheld PC, which would rule out any notion of exclusive titles for it.

That said, you will have to play around a bit to get the Steam Deck to behave like the PC you might expect. Out of the box, the handheld runs a custom version of Linux. Device owners can change the operating system to Windows, however.

Announced in July, the Steam Deck is Valve’s first go at a handheld. It will come in three flavors: the 64GB base model, 256GB mid-tier model, and the 512GB high-end model.

All three versions feature the same AMD custom APU, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and expandable storage through the microSD card slot.

Elsewhere, the Steam Deck features a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 display. It also has two analog sticks, two touchpads, a d-pad, ABXY buttons, four shoulder buttons, and a USB-C port for power and output.

The handheld was originally due to launch in December 2021. However, it will instead launch in February 2022. Valve blamed the delay on shortages caused by the ongoing supply chain issues.

Williams Pelegrin

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