When will steam deck release?
Introducing Steam Deck: powerful, portable PC gaming starting at $399. Designed by Valve, powered by Steam. Shipping December 2021. On the updated Steam Deck reservation page, orders for the 64GB and 512 versions are listed to be available in Q2 2022, while the 256GB is listed as Q1 2022. CNETSteam Deck orders move to 2022. What to know about reservations for the Switch-like console
19 July, 2021 - 09:49am
Steam Deck's OS could prevent these popular online games from launching
As first noted by PC Gamer earlier today on July 19, this appears to be an issue with the Steam Deck's operating system. As the Steam Deck will use the Linux-based SteamOS, some online games like Destiny 2 will be prevented from booting up properly due to anti-cheating software.
As PC Gamer notes, this is all according to ProtonDB, a site that claims the Steam Deck won't be able to run Destiny 2, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. These are some of the most popular games on Steam right now, and they all run the risk of being unable to run on the forthcoming Steam device.
However, there's a major caveat to this. Valve states on the official Steam Deck website that the device carries a new SteamOS, one which they're working to improve. Valve says that "we're vastly improving Proton's game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors," so there is a chance that the Steam Deck's operating system could be updated to bypass this barrier presented by the Linux-based OS.
If you need to get up to speed on the news of the Steam Deck announcement, Valve revealed the portable gaming device last week as a way to take (almost) your entire Steam library on the go when it launches later this year in December 2021. The device carries a 7" 1280x800 touch-enabled LCD screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, and it also has a battery that can last anywhere between two and eight hours, depending on the intensity of the actual game you're playing.
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