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Half-Life 2 and the episodes get updated and HL2 now Steam Deck Verified

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Not only are Valve continuing to go over third-party games, they also continue upgrading their own with a fresh update out for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

All three of them recently had an update that noted "UI and Input support for Steam Deck verification", although only the original Half-Life 2 has been fully Steam Deck Verified so far. This is the finalization of work that went into a Beta recently, to give them a new gamepad friendly UI.

The original UI:

When set with "-gamepadui" as a launch option:

Considering how popular it still is, it's a good thing to have it ready for the Deck. A little Half-Life on the go? Will you be playing this one on Deck?

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CatKiller 21 Feb
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Also of interest is that HL2 gets the recommended_runtime: native attribute, unlike Portal 2 (currently).
mZSq7Fq3qs 21 Feb
It has been way too long since i've played HL2. So totally gonna play it with the deck.
Eike 21 Feb
Quoting: CatKillerAlso of interest is that HL2 gets the recommended_runtime: native attribute, unlike Portal 2 (currently).

Where can I look up such information?
Ehvis 21 Feb
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Quoting: Eike
Quoting: CatKillerAlso of interest is that HL2 gets the recommended_runtime: native attribute, unlike Portal 2 (currently).

Where can I look up such information?

Steamdb has it listed in the big information table.

Steam Deck Compatibility section at the bottom of this: https://steamdb.info/app/220/info/


Last edited by Ehvis on 21 February 2022 at 9:44 am UTC
Eike 21 Feb
Quoting: Ehvis
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: CatKillerAlso of interest is that HL2 gets the recommended_runtime: native attribute, unlike Portal 2 (currently).

Where can I look up such information?

Steamdb has it listed in the big information table.

Steam Deck Compatibility section at the bottom of this: https://steamdb.info/app/220/info/

Thanks!

Do we already no if "recommended_runtime: proton-stable" would result in ordinary Linux PCs using Proton by default as well?

*edit* Interestingly, the first game I looked up (Life is Strange 2) does not have a "recommened_runtime" set...
https://steamdb.info/app/532210/info/

*edit2*
Yet another very interesting thing, also for Windows only gamers! "requires_internet_for_singleplayer"!


Last edited by Eike on 21 February 2022 at 9:55 am UTC
CatKiller 21 Feb
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Quoting: EikeDo we already no if "recommended_runtime: proton-stable" would result in ordinary Linux PCs using Proton by default as well?


We don't know for sure that they won't do that in the future, but there's no compelling reason to. That kind of decision for normal PCs would be down to the developer.

Quote*edit* Interestingly, the first game I looked up (Life is Strange 2) does not have a "recommened_runtime" set...
https://steamdb.info/app/532210/info/


The earliest tests didn't have that information. Then there was a period where they were forgetting to test the native version (which they've now fixed & have put the affected games back into the testing queue).

Quote*edit2*
Yet another very interesting thing, also for Windows only gamers! "requires_internet_for_singleplayer"!
Not enough to stop a game getting Verified, but it does show up as a warning in the store.
Eike 21 Feb
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: EikeDo we already no if "recommended_runtime: proton-stable" would result in ordinary Linux PCs using Proton by default as well?


We don't know for sure that they won't do that in the future, but there's no compelling reason to. That kind of decision for normal PCs would be down to the developer.

I think I would do that as Valve. Give the best default experience, allow to override.
(Ok, they would need two levels of override, devs/publishers and users. Might complicate things.)

Quoting: CatKiller
QuoteYet another very interesting thing, also for Windows only gamers! "requires_internet_for_singleplayer"!
Not enough to stop a game getting Verified, but it does show up as a warning in the store.

Yeah, I meant, many people, including me, including many non-Deck and non-Linux gamers, are annoyed by that stuff, so it's a useful information for many people.


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MayeulC 21 Feb
Interesting that this was added as a launch option, and not the default. This is probably the default launch option when playing under the default configuration, but those who run windows on their deck might have to manually set it.
QuoteA little Half-Life on the go? Will you be playing this one on Deck?
As one of the few FPS games in my library, yeah, I might try it just to see how it handles.
Liam Dawe 22 Feb
Quoting: EikeDo we already no if "recommended_runtime: proton-stable" would result in ordinary Linux PCs using Proton by default as well?
Nope, this is all Deck specific stuff.
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