I'm as surprised as you are but The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition just got a brand new update that includes Steam Deck support.
This update brings "Bethesda Game Studios Creations" to the Special Edition, which is a new and updated way to download community-made content in-game. Not only is this for making downloading mods easier, but Bethesda said modders can get verified through it and earn money from their creations. That's right, paid mods are coming back.
On top of that there's now support for "ultrawide PC monitors, including 16:9, 16:10, 21:9 and 32:9 displays", lots of bug fixes, performance improvements, localization fixes and various in-game console improvements.
When it comes to Steam Deck support, they don't exactly say what they improved or added for the announcement. Big studios being as helpful as ever. In the patch notes it says:
Steam Deck Support (PC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now supported on Steam Deck! Whether your adventures take you on the road or just on the couch, enjoy Skyrim wherever you go with Valve’s portable PC handheld.
And then under the PC Only section it just says "FEATURE: Support for Steam Deck."
It's currently at time of writing rated Steam Deck Playable by Valve, which was reviewed back in April 2022. The issues preventing it being fully Verified were needing to manually bring up the on-screen keyboard and a problematic launcher. Testing this update myself on Steam Deck and there was no launcher, it went straight into the game — that's one tick. And when going to name my character, the big Steam Deck overlay keyboard appeared — so another tick. Looks like it can be bumped up to Steam Deck Verified now.
That said, the trouble is, the game is old and doesn't let you change graphics settings in-game. So you're stuck with the defaults they set. If you wish to change them, setting
SteamDeck=0 %command% as a launch option in the Properties will bring back the launcher.
Also, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition looks awesome on the Steam Deck OLED. I have so many other games to go through but…it's now calling to me again.
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