In line with the newest replace from Valve, not solely will the Steam Deck ship on time (“World pandemic, provide points, and delivery points however, it appears to be like like we'll be capable to begin getting these out the door by the top of February”), however loads of sport builders can have their very own take a look at Decks prematurely to assist insure their video games are absolutely appropriate with the hand held gadget.
Valve's Deck Verified program will give a tick to video games that fulfill its classes for Steam Deck compatibility, together with full controller assist, in addition to supporting the default resolutions of 1280×800 or 1280×700 with readable textual content. A have a look at Portal 2 in SteamDB exhibits that it's already arrange for a Steam Deck compatibility ranking, which is able to presumably be seen within the storefront quickly.
“It's additionally essential that we give builders the power to check their video games with a view to get that good inexperienced Verified test,” Valve says, “so we've been sending developer kits out in amount. We've been approving one other wave of dev kits, and lots of have been shipped out within the final month (and we're persevering with to approve and ship out much more).”
Whereas initially deliberate for a launch in late 2021, because of hardware shortages Valve wasn't in a position to supply all of the elements wanted, leading to a delay. In case you pre-ordered one, you may test your estimated reservation availability window on-line.