According to Steam Deck owners, some verified games don’t work well


Over the past week, several gamers have reported problems with proven Steam Deck games, including popular games such as GTA 5 and Vampire Survivors.

Steam Deck was first announced last year, it’s a portable gaming computer from Valve. One of the benefits of this gaming machine is Steam Deck Verified, an initiative that evaluates the suitability of games on Steam Deck. Since then, a number of games have been seen as proven – and now it turns out that some of these “tested” games do not work as well as they should.

According to Reddit, Valve has created a discussion section in the Steam community, asking players to report any “possible bugs” in proven Steam Deck games. Several players have reported problems with the games, and some of them are very noticeable.

One such report is described in detail in an article on the GamingOnLinux site, which also highlights a number of issues with GTA 5 that the author has encountered. This author has compiled a list of games that have been tested by Steam Deck, in which there are certain problems – here are games that have been tested by Steam Deck, which are reported to have problems:

  • Atelier Ryza 2 – “Tested”, but reportedly does not save graphics settings, and default settings work poorly.
  • A Way Out – “Predatory”, but the resolution is cut to the middle of the screen, and the game sometimes does not load.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – “Predatory”, but apparently does not work input from the gamepad.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – “Tested”, but video does not play.
  • Deathloop – “Tested”, but there are numerous complaints about low performance, and some users claim that the suspension of the game leads to its departure.
  • DOOM (2016) – “Tested”, but there are reports of repeated glitches during the game.
  • Elderborn – “Tested”, but repeatedly hangs.
  • Hitman- “Tested”, but the gamepad does not work. Another person said this would reboot the console.
  • Luck be a Landlord – “Tested”, but the game does not support gamepad, and input using the mouse / touchscreen is problematic.
  • Monkey Island 2 Special Edition – “Predatory”, but the menu constantly pops up, which makes the game not quite predatory.
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – “Tested”, but does not recognize input from the gamepad, a message appears asking about safe mode, which requires input from the touch screen, and manual keyboard input.
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition – “Playable” but distorted menu sound, and the game does not work because the screen switches between the game and the test screen.
  • SHENZHEN I / O – “Tested” but not working. It is currently configured to use Proton, but the native version for Linux works, this version needs to be tested again as part of their primary problem due to the fact that they did not test the native build first. But still, how was it tested if it didn’t work?
  • Sonic Generations – “Tested”, but has low performance, in some parts may fall to single digits FPS.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth – “Tested”, but one user reports that the game crashes at startup.

This is a very diverse set of games. If the problems with old games, such as RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, are not surprising, then in this list there are quite fresh games that some players do not work properly on Steam Deck. It is noteworthy that not all of these problems are universal. For example, GTA 5 works well for some players and does not work for others.

Coincidentally, Valve has announced a new “Feedback” feature that will allow it to collect data from users about games that have been verified on Steam Deck.

Today we are adding a new feature to Steam Deck to collect feedback from players by asking direct questions about your impressions. (This is an optional feature: we’ll ask you once if you agree to answer the question, and you can opt out at any time). The first data we collect in this way relates to games that have been tested by Steam Deck Verified. We can collect objective data (failures, etc.) to help us understand how well the technical side of our review process works, but in the end, Deck compatibility ratings are a shared experience: the definition of “good” is a successful work that allows current and prospective Deck users will find the experience they want. We want to make sure we do, or identify names for which your impressions do not meet your expectations.

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