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Valve Sending Out Steam Decks to Developers

Valve Sending Out Steam Decks to Developers - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 September 2021 / 1,134 Views

Valve has begun to send out Steam Deck development kits to a number of developers to test their games on the upcoming handheld. The number of Steam Decks being sent out is limited.

While Valve is sending out Steam Deck development kits, they are " functionally identical" to the model that will launch to consumers. 

Cliff Harris, founder of Positech Games, says Democracy 4 works well with the trackpad controls and the game runs well.

"First impressions are that this is really really cool," said Harris. "And Democracy 4 seems to run ok on it out-of-the-box, although the steam paddle-finger doodads work 1000x better than the thumbsticks for my game. The sound is REALLY good. Framerate is perfect."

Mike Rose of publisher No More Robots said Descenders "works flawlessly" wit the graphics set to Ultra settings and he was getting 50 to 60 frames per second. 

He added that games that only work with mouse and keyboard can still be played on Steam Deck thanks to the touchscreen, however, developers can add controller support to the games if they want to.

"Any games that are currently mouse + keyboard only, we need to add controller support to make them work," said Rose. "But the touch screen works, so they can still be played!"

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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KLAMarine (on 23 September 2021)

I'm just so happy to hear this thing can do gyro-aiming!

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Jumpin (on 23 September 2021)

And the Dev’s are like “Oh yeah, that thing! I’ll put it on the shelf next to the Gizmondo!” :)

(Thoughts: I’m SO getting downvoted for this crack - I have a plan!)
Cancel culture plans to keep this post down. BUT, you can fight back against cancel culture by upvoting my post. You do hate cancel culture, right? :D

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Podings Jumpin (on 23 September 2021)

I'm not sure it counts as "cancel culture" when comments get downvoted on the internet. :v

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Podings Jumpin (on 23 September 2021)

I'm not sure it counts as "cancel culture" when comments get downvoted on the internet. :v

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