Valve is not worried about the Steam Deck being unable to handle high-performance games, with the company confirming it hasn’t found any issues with any titles that it has tested so far.
Speaking to IGN after the launch of a brand new video examining the hardware power of the handheld device, Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais explained that he isn’t too concerned about the Steam Deck struggling to play high-end games.
“This is the first time we’ve achieved the level of performance that is required to really run the latest generation of games without problem. All the games that we wanted to be playable is – really, the entire Steam library. We haven’t really found something that we could throw at this device that it couldn’t handle.”
Griffais also revealed that the 800p resolution and 30 FPS target for the Steam Deck will help ensure it can play even the most demanding titles as it allows them to be scaled down significantly.
“If people start heavily favoring image quality, then we might be in a position where we might have some trade-offs, but we haven’t really seen that yet,” Griffais added.
The Steam Deck uses a custom AMD APU that runs Zen 2 and RDNA 2. It also features 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which ensures it can run games recent games on the smaller screen without any issues.
The Steam Deck is expected to launch in December, with prices starting at $400 for the cheapest model.