On Steam, one of the official Valve-picked moderators of the Steam Deck hub has a new post up they've pinned to gather information on problematic Steam Deck Verified titles.
There's been an increasing amount of reports of titles that are either Verified or Playable, that really shouldn't be. More people get their Steam Deck each week, and so we do expect this problem to continue growing since the amount of games on Steam is massive. Game porter and software developer Ethan Lee even wrote an editorial here on some issues and suggestions for Valve too.
Some of the games being reported in that post (and elsewhere) include:
- Atelier Ryza 2 - "Verified" but reportedly doesn't save your graphics settings, and the defaults don't perform well.
- A Way Out - "Playable" but the resolution is cropped to the middle of the screen, and it sometimes doesn't load.
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - "Playable" but gamepad input apparently not working.
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger - "Verified" but videos don't play.
- Deathloop - "Verified" but multiple complaints of poor performance, and reportedly some users say suspend makes it crash.
- DOOM (2016) - "Verified" and yet there's reports of it repeatedly crashing through the game.
- ELDERBORN - "Verified" but repeatedly freezes.
- Grand Theft Auto V (my report) - "Playable" but I talked about some of the problems of getting it working in an article, the current version of Proton tagged has major problems with the launcher not working.
- HITMAN - "Verified" but gamepad input not working. Another said it causes the Deck to reboot.
- Hoa - "Verified" but some of the movies are broken.
- Luck be a Landlord - "Verified" but doesn't even have gamepad support at all and mouse / touchscreen input is problematic.
- Monkey Island 2 Special Edition - "Playable" but a menu keeps popping up making it not really playable.
- Nuclear Throne (I can confirm this too) - "Verified" but gamepad input doesn't work with the default configuration. After testing this one more myself, having seen the report on the issues, it sort-of detects the Deck with it set to keyboard / mouse input but not properly and it's certainly not playable. It also likes to give you a tiny resolution.
- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time - "Verified" but does not recognise gamepad input, a message box comes up asking about safe mode that needs touchscreen input and it needs a manual bring-up of the keyboard.
- RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition - "Playable" but has distorted menu audio and in-game doesn't work as the screen flickers between the game and a test screen.
- SHENZHEN I/O - "Verified" but doesn't work. It's currently set to use Proton but the Native Linux version works, this one is due for a retest as part of their original problem of not verifying the native build first. But still, how did it get Verified like that when it doesn't work?
- Sonic Generations - "Verified" but has poor performance, some parts can drop to single digit FPS.
- The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - "Verified" but one user reports it crashing on launch. Works fine for me however.
- Vampire Survivors (my report) - "Verified" but performance will go down to single digit FPS at the most important parts of the game at the last 5 minutes of each level. The developer is even fully aware, with a port to a new game engine happening but that's not due until at least the "Summer".
The thing to remember, as with all crowdsourced reports, is that expectations and details on what is and isn't working correctly will vary but I think even this small slice shows how Deck Verified needs improvements. Given there's now 1,699 titles at Verified and Playable, Valve really need to get this right to keep trust in the system.
Have you found issues that aren't noted for Verified and Playable games on Steam Deck? Might be a good idea to add a post and let us know here in the comments too.