Valve says it hasn't found a Steam Deck game it can't handle

Valve's Steam Deck is a powerful piece of hardware, based on published specs. According to Valve, it is powerful enough to reproduce everything the company has tested on it at 30 fps or higher.

Announced on July 15, the Steam Deck is Valve's Switch-style laptop that will allow people to play the majority of their Steam library on the go. It can also be connected to a television or monitor to use it as a device closer to a more traditional console or PC. It comes in three colors and starts at $ 400, with the intermediate version including faster storage for $ 530 and a higher-end version of the device with more storage and anti-glare glass selling for $ 650. It is scheduled to launch in December 2021.

In an interview with IGN, Valve designers and programmers explained that after years of testing and developing the hardware, the Steam Deck has reached a level of performance that might surprise some people.

We've been looking at various games in the last few years in the previous catalog," said Valve programmer Pierre-Loup Griffais. “But the real test for us was the games that came out last year. They just couldn't work very well on the previous types of prototypes and architectures that we were testing. "

But now, with this latest version of the Steam Deck, Valve seems to be confident that the device is finally performing better and can now run anything the company gives it. ( Assuming the game in question is compatible with Valve's SteamOS or their Linux compatibility software, Proton .)

"We really haven't found anything that we can throw at this device that it can't handle," Griffais explained.

However, in that video interview with IGN, it is mentioned that the Steam Deck is targeting 30fps gameplay on its 800p screen. This caught the attention of some performance-focused folks, who were concerned that the Steam Deck would have trouble running games above 30fps, effectively missing out on one of the advantages of PC gaming: high frame rates.

But Griffais later explained on Twitter more details about the level of performance to expect from Valve's notebook PC and what that 30fps target means.

"The '30 FPS target' refers to the floor of what we consider playable in our benchmarks," he tweeted. "The games we've tested and demonstrated have consistently met and surpassed that bar thus far."

He also explained that the Steam Deck will include an optional fps limiter that will allow gamers to adjust the balance between performance and battery life, as higher frame rates will consume more power because it demands more from the hardware.

This is good news for people who are planning to acquire Steam Deck, but until we get the device in our hands, we cannot know for sure how well everything will work and if some games will consume more batteries than others.

Steam Deck comes out this December and the base version of the device starts at $ 400.

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