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These were the most popular Steam Deck games for October 2022

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Valve has revealed two fresh lists of popular games for the Steam Deck through October, sorted by both daily average player count and time played overall.

The first is sorted by daily average user count of games released in October which are:

The second, is sorted by hours played total across the whole month:

These lists both show just how amazing the Steam Deck is as a device. When it can play games released for Windows, through the Proton compatibility layer, often on the day of release like Persona 5 and UNCHARTED. They were never designed for the system and yet thanks to the work going into Proton, they work so amazingly well.

Then with the second list, you can see another great point, on how people are continuing to play their favourites that were released many years ago. The back catalogue you get access to with Steam and the Deck is just awesome. Just the very fact that some absolutely huge games like GTA V and Skyrim work on it still amazes me. Both lists also go to show just how varied the games are that people play on Deck, there’s seemingly no genre that’s bigger than the other.

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tgurr 1 Nov
It always really amazes me to see games like Victoria in such lists as I personally can't image how you can play such a an input and text-heavy game on a rather small screen. Games like Persona 4|5 on the other hand are a perfect fit from the start. It would be really great if we'd have some additional details from each game about how many users use an external connected screen and their playtimes on each in the form of native deck screen vs. external screen connected.
Liam Dawe 1 Nov
Quoting: tgurrIt always really amazes me to see games like Victoria in such lists as I personally can't image how you can play such a an input and text-heavy game on a rather small screen. Games like Persona 4|5 on the other hand are a perfect fit from the start. It would be really great if we'd have some additional details from each game about how many users use an external connected screen and their playtimes on each in the form of native deck screen vs. external screen connected.
Well, I imagine plenty of people are playing some like that Docked. It's still on the Steam Deck, but you're not limited to the small screen :)
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: tgurrIt always really amazes me to see games like Victoria in such lists as I personally can't image how you can play such a an input and text-heavy game on a rather small screen. Games like Persona 4|5 on the other hand are a perfect fit from the start. It would be really great if we'd have some additional details from each game about how many users use an external connected screen and their playtimes on each in the form of native deck screen vs. external screen connected.
Well, I imagine plenty of people are playing some like that Docked. It's still on the Steam Deck, but you're not limited to the small screen :)

That was my first thought as well, but isn't it safe to assume that in most situations when you can dock, you'd be near your main gaming device (PC, laptop etc) as well, and could just use that?
I'm (happily) surprised to see Potionomics is fifth by daily average user count. It certainly works fine on the Deck, I just wish they'd add actual controller controls.
Eike 1 Nov
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Quoting: PhiladelphusI'm (happily) surprised to see Potionomics is fifth by daily average user count. It certainly works fine on the Deck, I just wish they'd add actual controller controls.

No useful user control schemes available?
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: tgurrIt always really amazes me to see games like Victoria in such lists as I personally can't image how you can play such a an input and text-heavy game on a rather small screen. Games like Persona 4|5 on the other hand are a perfect fit from the start. It would be really great if we'd have some additional details from each game about how many users use an external connected screen and their playtimes on each in the form of native deck screen vs. external screen connected.
Well, I imagine plenty of people are playing some like that Docked. It's still on the Steam Deck, but you're not limited to the small screen :)

That was my first thought as well, but isn't it safe to assume that in most situations when you can dock, you'd be near your main gaming device (PC, laptop etc) as well, and could just use that?

You'd think so but the other day, I sat down at my PC to do some gaming, got distracted, picked up my Steam Deck, and ended up playing GTA Online for about 4 hours until the battery went flat while sitting in front of a PC, on, running, that can run that game at twice the resolution, and double the frame rate, with maxed out graphics settings. I don't know why, I just somehow got comfortable slouched back in my chair with my Steam Deck and forgot all about my PC.
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: PhiladelphusI'm (happily) surprised to see Potionomics is fifth by daily average user count. It certainly works fine on the Deck, I just wish they'd add actual controller controls.

No useful user control schemes available?
There are some*, but I mean there's no controller controls in-game and no rebinding controls either, so they're limited to emulating a mouse. You can't use a joystick as anything other than moving a mouse cursor, for instance. Given how the menus play out I don't think adding controller support would be too difficult, so hopefully we'll see that added before too long. And there's always the touchscreen in the meantime.

*And to be fair I hadn't thought of that.
Elvanex 2 Nov
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: tgurrIt always really amazes me to see games like Victoria in such lists as I personally can't image how you can play such a an input and text-heavy game on a rather small screen. Games like Persona 4|5 on the other hand are a perfect fit from the start. It would be really great if we'd have some additional details from each game about how many users use an external connected screen and their playtimes on each in the form of native deck screen vs. external screen connected.
Well, I imagine plenty of people are playing some like that Docked. It's still on the Steam Deck, but you're not limited to the small screen :)

That was my first thought as well, but isn't it safe to assume that in most situations when you can dock, you'd be near your main gaming device (PC, laptop etc) as well, and could just use that?

For me, the Deck IS my main gaming device. I was using an actual gaming laptop before, but the Deck handles everything I care to play, and only uses a fraction of the power.
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