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The Steam Deck already has over 300 "certified" games
Valve's handheld / PC hybrid should be available very soon: the games are ready.
Officialized last July at the same time that Valve opened pre-orders, the Steam Deck is a machine whose appearance inevitably reminds us of a Switch console, but which contains the innards of a real PC. As the name suggests, the machine is also distinguished by its affiliation with Valve's online store, the ubiquitous Steam, which brings together tens of thousands of games. There's something for everyone, but given the format of the Steam Deck, the question is how many will actually be usable on such a particular machine.
To convince players and make them feel confident, Valve has set up a real certification program for the Steam Deck. The idea here is to check the games available on the Steam platform and verify whether or not they are usable on the small machine. A certification that is spread over four levels. A game can be said to be " certified ": there, no problem, everything works perfectly on the Steam Deck. A game can be " playable " if the user needs to perform some manipulations to make the title playable. The third level of certification is much less engaging: " not supported" is assigned to games that are unfortunately not functional.
Finally, a fourth level of certification - " unknown " - is there for all the games still waiting to be verified. It must be said that given the density of the Steam catalog, the process is long, very long. That said, since the certification program was set up, Valve has sped things up considerably: no doubt the publisher has the idea of certifying as many games as possible before the Steam Deck is actually released. At the launch of the program, the majority of the 50,000 games in the Steam catalog were obviously classified as " unknown ".
There is still a lot of work to be done, but according to the SteamDB site, the progress is impressive: two weeks ago, more or less 150 games had obtained the " certified " level. By the middle of last week, there were nearly 250, then almost 300 last weekend, and at the time of writing, there are almost 350. With the first Steam Deck shipments set to begin next week, we can expect nearly 500 games to be officially fully adapted to the machine. That's a pretty good launch library!