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Today during the Ubisoft conference call where they discussed first-quarter 2021-2022 sales, Steam Deck got mentioned.

It's an interesting one, since Ubisoft has pretty much left Steam behind in favour of other stores like the Epic Games Store. The Epic store doesn't support Linux, and Epic currently have no intention to do so. So unless people are expected to manually load up Windows to replace SteamOS, companies like Ubisoft would need to bring their games back to Steam to give users a good experience.

During the conference call that we listened to today, a question was asked about the Steam Deck from one investor.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot replied to say "We're happy to see Steam Deck coming to the industry, it shows that it continues a flow of very innovative new hardware coming to the market and so we will look and see how big it becomes, but if it's big we will be able to put our games on it."

So in future if the device is a success, and plenty of people keep SteamOS 3 on it, we could see the likes of Ubisoft (and so perhaps other big publishers) ensure their games work nicely on it. Ubisoft actually already has Linux ports of some games, since they currently support Stadia (which uses Debian Linux) so it wouldn't be a huge stretch to bring those builds with some optimizations over to the Steam Deck. However, whether they decide to use native Linux builds they have direct control over, or rely on the Steam Play Proton compatibility layer we just don't know - and only time will tell on how it all goes on that.

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dubigrasu 21 Jul
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: Tuxee..They have a device with a pre-installed shiny working frontend and - say - 80% of their games working. For the extra 20% which might work you have to prepare boot media, drivers, put up with no frontend designed for the device...
The Deck frontend is the BPM redesigned, which means it will be available for Windows as well.

Is this fact or just guessing? Anyway, you are viewing that from the Linux user perspective which pretty much always has been forced to install an OS and setup the system. This is something rarely ever happens to Windows users.

Quoteaustinp_valve
Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck. We don't have an ETA to share yet though.
https://steamcommunity.com/groups/bigpicture/discussions/1/5167301764850695635/#c5167301764854104718

I haven't added any personal perspective to my comment, I just relayed a bit of information.
mylka 21 Jul
ubisoft loves denuvo. denuvo does not exist for linux. i dont know if it is even possible to make a denuvo native for linux
Vishar 21 Jul
putting game to Steam Deck by ubisoft not meen making any linux build they can just make in light and optimized to run in
1280 x 800px and have predefined control for steam deck

Sample:
NEW GAME for steam deck from Ubi:
Official ubisoft game info: blabla bla marketing,, blabla optimized to work great at Steam Deck, blaabla ubi blabla, custom UI made spcialy for steam deck blabla...
System required/supported: Windows 10/11


Last edited by Vishar on 21 July 2021 at 4:29 pm UTC
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