Some Games Being Blocked on Steam Deck Is Due to A Technical Issue, Valve Says

There are plenty of games that run on the Steam Deck, but apparently an issue with the backend has made it easy for devs to accidentally block a game.

The Steam Deck is something of a threat to other competitors in the mobile gaming community, especially given that it’s not just a console, but essentially a fully portable PC. With Valve updating the device to improve it, such as increasing the battery life or adding new features, it’s showing signs of being something that could potentially usher in the next era of gaming on the go. However, there have been some issues with some games being blocked, but that’s apparently to do with the system itself, and not the studios.


That’s according to a recent report from PC Gamer. It seems as though a number of Steam Deck users have been concerned lately, when it turned out that a specific game may have been blocked from use on the Deck, suggesting that players were unable to install it, even though some have confirmed that it actually is possible to copy the game’s files onto the device. Apparently, this is something that Valve says is due to an error on its part, rather than it being something the developer has intentionally done.

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For those curious, the game in question is the dungeon crawler Demon Gaze EXTRA, a remake of Demon Gaze, which was originally released in 2013 exclusively for the PlayStation Vita before being ported to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. In an email to PC Gamer, Valve has said that it added a feature to the Steam Deck which allowed studios and developers to “tag certain content/depots” to make them more relevant to customers. However, this has led to some devs accidentally tagging things incorrectly. Since then, Valve has updated the system, which should render the problem nonexistent going forward.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for the device is that it allows people to play PC games in a portable manner. Given that there are many great games for the Steam Deck already, with more being added, it would be detrimental to the company, as well as its partners, to accidentally make something unavailable for the system when it would otherwise be compatible.

So far, the story of the Steam Deck is one that seems to be filled with successes. It’s not perfect by any means, and Gabe and co are consistently working to make it better, but it’s a huge step above previous hardware endeavors that Valve has attempted. With this issue now fixed, it should be a lot easier for studios to correctly tag their games without causing some confusion.

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Source: PC Gamer

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