Rumors in late May said Valve was on the verge of unveiling a portable game console similar to the Nintendo Switch. Almost two months later, Valve delivered the Steam Deck. It̵
Despite the early excitement, Steam Deck may already have a major software issue that Valve needs to fix: Running the popular games customers want.
The reason Nintendo is getting away with releasing a new Switch version that has no meaningful hardware upgrade is the games. Nintendo is sitting on a massive collection of original titles that gamers want. These games are not available elsewhere. Customers may not like the lack of hardware upgrades on Switch OLED. But they can handle it as long as they can get Mario and Link.
Valve’s new console seems to be a more formidable machine than the Switch. It’s basically a laptop that will run all the best games in the Steam store. But it’s just a little puzzle.
Early Steam Deck software issues
Valve’s Steam already has millions of customers. That explains the huge interest in Steam Deck. Unlike Nintendo, you can play all the Steam games on one PC. As long as the hardware supports it, the games will work.
Steam Deck is not even out, and it already has a major software issue that Valve needs to fix. Per Kotaku, Steam Deck may not run some of Steam’s most popular games. The list includes Fate 2, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG. This is a major problem for a game console that starts at $ 399 and goes up to $ 649, depending on storage options.
Valve’s new Steam Deck has better hardware than Switch OLED. As a result, the more expensive price tag makes sense. But software can be a problem.
Steam Deck runs a custom Valve operating system (SteamOS) based on Linux. On top of that, Valve runs a feature called Proton that ensures that games can run on Linux.
However, running the games mentioned above is a problem on the current Steam Deck prototype. Apparently the games do not crash or fail long after startup. Kotaku says the Steam Deck software problem may already have an explanation. It is the anti-cheat systems that come with the games that do not play well on the prototypes. This causes players to be “insta-booted” from multi-player servers. This is the type of problem that Valve needs to address before Steam Deck hits stores.
The Windows solution
An unofficial solution already exists. You can run the full version of Windows 10 on Steam Deck. Valve will not force SteamOS on anyone, and it’s a great feature to have. But you have to throw extra money at Windows if SteamOS doesn’t let you run your favorite games.
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