Valve just put up another of their round-up posts going over all the recent work on the Steam Deck, and they also revealed the current most popular titles.

For regular readers this won't be news since I go over the changes often but it's still a good catch-up for those who have fallen a bit behind on the news. Some of what's new includes the lock screen, multiple window support, keyboard improvements, external display upgrades, per-application performance profiles, improved fan behaviour and more. Check out their video:

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As for what's popular based on user play-time (source), over the last month these were the most popular on Steam Deck

  • Elden Ring 
  • Vampire Survivors 
  • Rogue Legacy 2 
  • Stardew Valley 
  • No Man's Sky 
  • Slay the Spire 
  • Hades 
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 
  • Aperture Desk Job

Valve was keen to point out that it's not just because of Steam Deck upgrades or Proton, but effort directly from developers too and four of those titles were previously listed as Unsupported or Playable until they got updated to be Verified. They're making a clear and obvious point: if developers get their games supported, players are more likely to buy them and spend time in them — not exactly a big surprise. Plenty of us just want to play games and not have to tinker so hopefully more will get cracking on updating their games.

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So if No Man's Sky is verified... anyone try hooking up the Index to the Deck to see if they can play that in VR?
raptor85 2 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeSo if No Man's Sky is verified... anyone try hooking up the Index to the Deck to see if they can play that in VR?
Absolutely no way, I mean, the hardware will no doubt "let" you (the index works just fine on linux), but the graphics card in the deck can't handle rendering at 2880x3200/144hz, you could maybe do some extremely low res rendering w/ fsr and everything turned to low but it would be a vomit inducing experience. The deck is an awesome little machine but VR requires a bit of a powerhouse since it has to render per eye at a high frame rate.
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Quoting: slaapliedjeSo if No Man's Sky is verified... anyone try hooking up the Index to the Deck to see if they can play that in VR?
Absolutely no way, I mean, the hardware will no doubt "let" you (the index works just fine on linux), but the graphics card in the deck can't handle rendering at 2880x3200/144hz, you could maybe do some extremely low res rendering w/ fsr and everything turned to low but it would be a vomit inducing experience. The deck is an awesome little machine but VR requires a bit of a powerhouse since it has to render per eye at a high frame rate.

Ha, yeah I KNOW all of this. Have had the Index since it released, and have upgraded hardware specifically to use it... Just thought it'd be amusing to see someone try it on the Deck and see how it ran. I'd be legit shocked it if ran anywhere near playable. Especially something as hefty as NMS.

Edit: This reminds me, I should bench the Atari VCS vs the Steam Deck.


Last edited by slaapliedje on 2 June 2022 at 9:34 pm UTC
jo3fis 2 Jun
Some good choices there! Can't stand No Man's Sky though.
elmapul 2 Jun
just clicked on their channel and saw the switch logo, with an "click"...
i guess im on the wrong channel, oh, no, its the port to switch
eldaking 2 Jun
Everyone is like "it needs to be really powerful so you can run the latest AAA games on it", and then what are people playing on it? Stardew Valley, Slay the Spire, Binding of Isaac, Hades, Vampire Survivors...
The Witcher 3 does it again! This game is eternal!
Quinn 2 Jun
Quoting: eldakingEveryone is like "it needs to be really powerful so you can run the latest AAA games on it", and then what are people playing on it? Stardew Valley, Slay the Spire, Binding of Isaac, Hades, Vampire Survivors...

Hold it! Just because Stardew Valley is a pixel art game doesn't mean it's not AAA! 🤣
Quoting: Quinn
Quoting: eldakingEveryone is like "it needs to be really powerful so you can run the latest AAA games on it", and then what are people playing on it? Stardew Valley, Slay the Spire, Binding of Isaac, Hades, Vampire Survivors...

Hold it! Just because Stardew Valley is a pixel art game doesn't mean it's not AAA! 🤣

Hear, hear! Stardrops for the Valleygod! ... Whoops wrong game
slavezeo 2 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedjeEdit: This reminds me, I should bench the Atari VCS vs the Steam Deck.

Install holoiso on your Atari VCS :)
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