Valve says some games that were prevented from installing on the Steam Deck was just a ‘technical issue’

Valve’s long-standing ambition with the Steam Deck is to make all games on Steam playable on handheld, but some players were concerned this week when at least one game on Steam appeared to expressly prohibit installation on the Deck. a tweet circulated on tuesday highlighted that the JRPG Demon Gaze Extra was “set to block” the Steam Deck, although users confirmed that they could copy the game’s files and play just fine. Was this a sign that some developers were deliberately preventing their games from being played on handhelds?

No, it’s just an error. In an email to PC Gamer, Valve confirmed that the case at hand was a Steam backend issue, not an intentional configuration.

“Prior to the Deck release, we added a feature to allow developers to mark certain content/deposits as relevant only to Deck customers,” said Valve. “This would allow developers to automatically deliver a different default graphical setup on the Deck, for example. There was a technical issue with the way this resource was shipped, and unfortunately, some content was incorrectly marked as the reverse (“deliver these depots to all clients *not* on a Deck”).

“We have since updated this feature so that developers can no longer accidentally enter this state. For any game that is in an ‘uninstallable’ state, we are working with partners to fix the issue.”

Valve has been releasing updates to the Steam Deck at a rapid pace. Your most recent dramatically affects notebook fan profilemaking it much quieter during most games.

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