- Larian Studios has confirmed that Valve has marked Baldur’s Gate 3 as Steam Deck verified.
- The title is a smooth-sailing experience on the handheld despite a few minor caveats.
- It launched to critical acclaim on August 3 for PC. The console releases will come out in the near future.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has bathed in rave reviews right from its early access period, and now even more players have a chance to indulge in the most expansive RPG out there. The title has seemingly become Steam Deck, verified by Valve on the platform. Larian Studios has recently announced the glad tidings to the community, confirming that the entry will be a buttery experience for gamers on the robust handheld.
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Valve’s official verification means the game is completely functional on the Steam Deck. All its functionality is accessible using the handheld’s built-in controller. The game will also show Steam Deck controller icons and the in-game interface text is easily readable for games. Moreover, the default graphics configuration performs exceptionally on the Steam Deck hardware, ensuring that there will be no extra optimization issues to deal with.
Baldur’s Gate 3 was already playable on the Steam Deck platform and did not require a lot of tinkering to work. However, there were some issues with crashing and launching the title smoothly. Certain caveats surely hindered the user experience on the platform in the past, but they have massively improved.
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The official Steam Deck verification confirms that many of the issues players faced while trying to run the Dungeons and Dragons-inspired RPG have been ironed out on the platform.
However, the gargantuan storage requirement is among the few things players will still have to face head-on. You will have to allot a total of 150 GB storage space before delving into the forgotten realms. It is almost a miracle in itself for Baldur’s Gate 3 to function so smoothly on the portable gaming PC, and the official Steam Deck verification is yet another mark to ensure a smooth-sailing experience for players.
The turn-based RPG has been a massive triumph for the gaming industry. It features a huge amount of character and class customization, with over 200 hours to undertake a single playthrough. Be ready to partake in 174 hours of cutscenes and 17,000 possible ending sequences. It is worth noting that Larian Studios seems to be only getting started. The studio’s CEO and Baldur’s Gate 3 director hope to work on multiple projects.
Baldur’s Gate 3 was officially released on August 3 for PC and PlayStation 5 with critical acclaim. An Xbox Series X and Series S version is planned for the upcoming months to get the game working correctly on both Xbox consoles. It became the second most-played entry on Steam soon after release, flocking over 470,000 concurrent players.
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