Valve has confirmed that has no interest in publishing games that are exclusive to Steam Deck.
As confirmed in an FAQ page that covers questions asked by developers and publishers at the company’s Steamworks Steam Deck event, Valve has said that not interested in developers creating exclusive games for the next laptop.
When asked about the matter, Valve’s response was short and clear. “No, that doesn’t make much sense to us. It’s a PC and you should play PC games.”, answered the company in frequently asked questions. To dig a little deeper into Valve’s comments, at launch, Steam Deck will run a modified version of Valve’s SteamOS, designed with a console-like interface which will allow players to easily browse the Steam Store and their own Steam libraries.
Nevertheless, the laptop will also allow gamers to access a computer desktop without restrictions where third-party applications can be used and installed. This essentially means that you will be able to run non-Steam games and launchers on the device, which makes it a portable PC. With that in mind, creating Steam Deck exclusive titles that can’t run on a PC would probably make little sense – it might boost laptop sales, but it also it would frustrate the fans if they didn’t have a deck.
Earlier this month, Valve announced that it would delay the launch of the Steam Deck for two months. The first units of the notebook will now ship in February 2022, rather than its original release date of December 2021. Additionally, this will also mean that those farther back in the queue for a Steam Deck will also need to adjust their expectations, as the company has said the dates will change accordingly.