Valve ensures delivery in February and validates a first game

Even though players are starting to get used to industry delays, Valve wants to reassure the lucky ones who will be part of the very first Steam Deck delivery.

May the lucky ones in question be reassured: the deliveries promised for the month of February will indeed take place (unlike the Trojan War). If Valve said it was “confident” in December on its ability to produce enough Steam Decks, the message just posted on Steam Community is now all the more affirmative:

Shipments of Steam Decks will begin well on schedule. Despite the global pandemic and supply and routing issues, it looks like we will be able to start shipping as early as the end of February.

This was a triumph

And because it is necessary to reassure the owners of the different models of the console / portable PC (available in three models: 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB), the publisher, now a manufacturer, has officially submitted a first game to the verification system. from Steam Deck. As proves SteamDB, the intestable Portal 2 checks all the boxes in the process.

And for those who are rightly wondering what steps it takes to turn gloriously on the Steam Deck, here are the details as explained by Valve:

  • input : The game should fully support the gamepad, display the appropriate controller icons, and automatically display the on-screen keyboard when needed
  • Display : The game must support the default Steam Deck resolution (1280×800 or 1280×720), have good default settings and display readable text
  • Integration : The game must not display any compatibility warning, and its eventual launcher must be usable via the controller
  • System support : If you are using Proton, the game and all its middleware must be supported by Proton. This includes support for the anti-cheat system

If we imagine that the games developed internally should pass this battery of tests without difficulty, will we see some drama on the third party side? Only the future or your informed comments will tell us!