Valve gathering a list of Deck Verified games that have problems

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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.

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EagleDelta 25 Mar
Quoting: axelbWell, for me Witcher 3 is missing on that list. I get major micro stuttering on PC. No matter if Proton experimental or GE-Proton7-10.

Remember that the Verified status is specifically for the Steam Deck and it's hardware config. Not for general Linux support.
cybik 25 Mar
Indivisible just got fixed.
Liam Dawe 25 Mar
Quoting: cybikIndivisible just got fixed.
Great, glad to hear it :)
fallenguru 25 Mar
I wonder what's wrong with Monkey Island 2 SE. It's fine on my desktop.
Keebz 25 Mar
Hey! I'm the one who reported on Atelier Ryza 2 and was surprised to see that as the first game on the list. I didn't think anyone would see my comment on that. Can I ask how you bumped into it? I filed a ProtonDB report and a post on the game's community discussions. HOWEVER--I don't know if it is because I tried the updated Proton Experimental with it, or something else, but the "graphics settings not saving" thing is fixed now. But the game still performs poorly without dropping everything to Low. I don't consider 10-15 FPS in town playable.
Liam Dawe 25 Mar
Quoting: KeebzHey! I'm the one who reported on Atelier Ryza 2 and was surprised to see that as the first game on the list. I didn't think anyone would see my comment on that. Can I ask how you bumped into it? I filed a ProtonDB report and a post on the game's community discussions. HOWEVER--I don't know if it is because I tried the updated Proton Experimental with it, or something else, but the "graphics settings not saving" thing is fixed now. But the game still performs poorly without dropping everything to Low. I don't consider 10-15 FPS in town playable.
Welcome. Not entirely sure how I came across it, just searched around for a while to see what titles came up :)
Quinn 25 Mar
It's a good thing that Valve are admitting their verification process isn't perfect, something the big three never would.

Out of 65,711 games in the Steam Store, 916 are "verified". Maybe Valve should have used ProtonDB as the base for their internal testing, with Platinum rated games being tested first, then verified as "playable on Deck".


Last edited by Quinn on 25 March 2022 at 9:40 pm UTC
Quinn 29 Mar
Quoting: EagleDelta
Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticI even had games listed as "Unsupported" which worked just fine with not a single issues for hours on Deck o.O

Somehow I now think they may associated some reports to the wrong game now reading the article.

It is important to note that Valve has said that if they find a problem with a single feature, even if it is rarely used, then the game will be marked as "Unsupported". "Playable" vs "Verified" is generally tied to things not being optimized for Steam Deck resolution, controller, text size, and other things tied specifically to being optimized for the Deck.

I.E. if a game is playable, but the cutscenes don't work due to Media Foundation, then the game is marked as "Unsupported"

Same applies to a game like Halo: Master Chief Collection, where the Single Player works, but Multiplayer doesn't due to EAC. The entire game has to be playable to be marked as "Playable" and the game has to be optimized for Steam Deck screen/controller/etc to be "Verified".

This clearly isn't the case though, as games that should be certified as "playable" or "unsupported" are getting "verified". Particularly single-player games that have a requirement for an always-on internet connection.

The certification process is broken.
Quoting: EagleDelta
Quoting: Vortex_AcheronticI even had games listed as "Unsupported" which worked just fine with not a single issues for hours on Deck o.O

Somehow I now think they may associated some reports to the wrong game now reading the article.

It is important to note that Valve has said that if they find a problem with a single feature, even if it is rarely used, then the game will be marked as "Unsupported". "Playable" vs "Verified" is generally tied to things not being optimized for Steam Deck resolution, controller, text size, and other things tied specifically to being optimized for the Deck.

I.E. if a game is playable, but the cutscenes don't work due to Media Foundation, then the game is marked as "Unsupported"

Same applies to a game like Halo: Master Chief Collection, where the Single Player works, but Multiplayer doesn't due to EAC. The entire game has to be playable to be marked as "Playable" and the game has to be optimized for Steam Deck screen/controller/etc to be "Verified".

Yes I am pretty much aware of how it works but that game, Hotshot Racing, did not had a single button in the main menu which wasn't working and not a single game mode not running.
It is not that I launched the game and called it a day I played the entire game on Deck.

Also the Game Lego Star Wars III The Clone Wars is marked as unsupported and yet it fully works, every button in the main menu and even couch coop.
That one even made it on the old Proton Whitelist before the Deck verified Program was launched and is Platinum on ProtonDB with overwhelming positive reports.

In contradiction the game Red Wings: Aces of the Sky which is marked as verified has a broken feature where you can not change the inversion of the Y Axis.
As soon as you want to change it a little confirm box shows up which does not react on any gamepad input no touch screen and no mouse and the game get's stuck.
I think it is fundamentally broken within the game as it does not work with the native version and not with Proton. Both on Deck and on my main PC. Still it is marked as verified?

As I said there seems to be a lot wrong with how the tests are made.
And this is why I came to the idea they might associated some reports wrong.

Also you're not right on the cutscene thing either. There are games which received "Playable" because they had issues with videos which do not play while they would be verified otherwise. To name one: Succubus


Last edited by Vortex_Acherontic on 30 March 2022 at 1:18 pm UTC
Lachu 30 Mar
In my country, Poland, if you tell MS fan that MS broke up Windows by last update, possible response is:
"There is only few reports, so internet trolls imagine this error". As you wrote, some problem is not very popular.
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