In this age, the gaming industry is ruled by consoles like Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, and a wide selection of gaming PCs, but there’s also an audience that prefers a different type of gaming machine.
The handheld consoles have been around for a very long time and give gamers some flexibilities that the other more powerful consoles lack. Players can actually play while being in transit and have a lightweight machine that they can carry with them almost anywhere.
Be it the original Gameboy by Nintendo or PSP by Sony; these handheld consoles have kept coming one after another offering a wide variety of features to the users and trying to one-up the other.
Even though the market is totally dominated by systems like the Nintendo Switch the recent time, the success of Valve’s Steam Deck shows that there’s a place in the market for competition. For many gaming consumers, part of what’s so important in a purchase is that the device itself is as close to “plug-and-play” as possible.
- The Steam Deck gaming handheld from Valve has hit over 7,000 games.
- Having 2,709 Verified, 4,415 Playable, and 2,469 Unsupported titles.
A portable gaming computer called the Steam Deck was created by Valve Corporation and released on February 25, 2022. It is an x86-64-v3 system with built-in gaming inputs that can play every game in the Steam catalog, including Windows PC titles, thanks to the Linux-based Proton compatibility layer.
Users can install other suitable games or other operating systems on the machine because it is an open platform.
Recent data from SteamDB shows that the number of games has hit 7000 for the titles available for Steam Deck. The screenshot shows that these titles are categorized into two different brackets.
Steam Deck Verified and Steam Deck Playable. There are currently 4,415 Steam Deck Playable titles visible in the search, while 2,709 Steam Deck Verified titles.
The third category is the 2,469 unsupported titles that had their store page and purchasing removed from Steam, but players will still have them in their library and be able to play.
It was somehow expected as Valve owns Steam, the largest collection of games available for PCs, but to have these many titles verified and tested for gamers in such a short span of time is quite remarkable.
If Valve can stabilize on this opportunity, we can see Steam Deck becoming a major powerhouse in the handheld consoles market and go toe to toe with Nintendo’s popularity. Until now, they have been doing a pretty solid job of satisfying their user base with constant updates and feedback.
It’s also notable that this is the first generation of this console, and with such a great start, the sky is the limit for Steam Deck. We would love to see them grow with each passing iteration and provide some healthy competition in the industry.
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