While there are issues with the Deck Verified system, Valve continues on noting down more titles as being either Deck Verified or Playable.
As of publishing time there's now 1,214 going by Valve's own list, which is a huge number for a gaming device that has only just recently released. With 660 Verified and 554 Playable. One of the biggest titles to appear recently of course was Apex Legends, the massively popular Battle Royale.
Remember though: not being Verified or Playable doesn't mean it won't work, it just means it hasn't been through Valve's formal certification yet.
For games to be fully Verified they need to hit these marks:
- Input - The title should have full controller support, use appropriate controller input icons, and automatically bring up the on-screen keyboard when needed.
- Display - The game should support the default resolution of Steam Deck (1280x800 or 1280x720), have good default settings, and text should be legible.
- Seamlessness - The title shouldn’t display any compatibility warnings, and if there’s a launcher it should be navigable with a controller.
- System Support - If running through Proton, the game and all its middleware should be supported by Proton. This includes anti-cheat support.
There are still some lingering questions I have about it, now I've been testing for multiple weeks: like how they test the performance? As I've been through multiple games that are fully Verified that drop well below 30FPS. I hope this is something they will improve as testing continues.
Also, today, I had a chat with Jason Evangelho from Forbes / Linux4Everyone, Nick from The Linux Experiment and Gardiner Bryant who have all also been reviewing the Steam Deck. Expect some videos and audio over the next few weeks from our chat on the Steam Deck, Valve, Linux and plenty more.