The games we think will be perfect for Valve's new handheld.
If Steam Deck were a console, it'd have the best console launch lineup in history. Steam boasts the largest collection of major and minor PC games in one client, and here are a selection we think will be brilliantly suited to Valve's handheld.
Our favorite deck-builder after Slay the Spire, and it's still not on Switch or mobile. Working out how to create the perfect demon faction is super addictive.
A tightly paced action game that feels like a compact modern-day Zelda. It's a microscopic epic: a big adventure you'll feel satisfied to finish in 10 hours.
You can get through an in-game day in a brief sitting, so our fave farm/life sim is structured well for the sort of spare moments Steam Deck will be ideal for.
Halo was built for gamepad controls, so any game in the series should feel great on the Deck. Popping in for a run of The Silent Cartographer wherever you are sounds lovely.
Some of the survival sim's activities should work a treat on the Deck. Taking care of turnips and fiddling with your base feel like the sort of gentle tasks that will be well suited to handheld play.
Rather than pace your apartment between gos at Genichiro, imagine whipping out the Deck on a leisurely Saturday, spacing out attempts to stab the man with oat milk lattes. Lovely.
Skyrim has proven that it's playable on just about anything, and the Deck shouldn't be any different. Chilling on a couch while sucking down dragon souls feels like a good fit.
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