Valve has confirmed that for its upcoming handheld device, the Steam Deck, the company won’t be encouraging the release of any kind of exclusive games, ones that you couldn’t also get on a desktop computer or laptop.
This is one of those things that sounds completely obvious when you look at it from one angle, yet something that needed direct confirmation for those approaching from another.
Of course it won’t be getting exclusives, it’s just a little PC, so everything running on it can also run on a big PC.
But then we also live in a dystopian hellscape, where it would also have been entirely unsurprising to see developers start trying to craft Steam Deck “exclusives.” Games that somehow made use of portable features, or didn’t even go that trouble in the first place, just to get us to buy the same game all over again.
Would Valve be interested in having any Steam Deck exclusive titles?
No, that doesn’t make much sense to us. It’s a PC and it should just play games like a PC.
Could you even make a game exclusive to the Steam Deck if it’s just a small PC?
The Steam Deck, a handheld PC that comes pre-loaded with Valve’s Steam storefront and gaming platform, was originally supposed to release before the end of 2021. However, global supply constraints have taken their toll here, as they have elsewhere. The Steam Deck’s original December 2021 release has instead been pushed back to February 2022.
Not that anyone reading this post for purchasing information could get one anyway, since Valve’s initial offering sold out almost instantly.