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The Steam Deck can with everything (or so its creators say)

Running anything

That’s basically the response of Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve programmer, when he recounted the experience of developing the product. “We haven’t found something that we can run on the device and it can’t handle.” Basically, it refers that all compatible games have been executed correctly and have managed to reach the level of playability that Valve determines as acceptable.

These statements leave the console in a very good place, since it will basically allow us to play any type of game that is available on the market. But is this true? What nuances must be taken into account? Well, to be exact, two.

The FPS theme

When Valve claimed that certain games ran perfectly at 30 fps on the 800p resolution screen, many users put their hands to their heads thinking that the device would not exceed 30 images per second. That’s not true. The console will exceed this frame rate, however, we can limit the performance to 30 fps to take care of the battery.

On the other hand, there is the company’s criteria, which establishes the degree of “perfectly playable” at 30 fps. That is, if Valve says that a game works correctly, it is that the performance is at least a stable 30 fps. That doesn’t mean that games can’t exceed that number. There will be some that reach higher rates and others that stay at 30. Even so, we can force the device to always stay at 30 FPS in energy efficiency mode, which will help consume less energy and extend the life of the device. battery.

Can you play any game?

Valve Steam Deck

This issue will bring quite a lot of queue when the console hits stores. Valve has ensured that any game compatible with Linux will be able to run on its console, but this implies that several games in high demand will not be compatible with the console. And don’t think they will be just any games, these are the ones affected:

  • Apex legends
  • Black Desert Online
  • DayZ
  • Dead by daylight
  • Destiny 2
  • Fall Guys
  • Hunt: Showdown
  • Paladins
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Rainbow six siege
  • Smite

It remains to be seen if Valve will be able to turn the tables to get these fringes resolved in the coming months, although something tells us that you will not be able to release the console with these games. Of course, you will not be able to complain about the library, since Steam has an endless catalog.

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