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If Steam Deck doesn't run every game, Valve considers it a "bug"

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If the Steam Deck doesn't run every game in the extensive Steam library, Valve considers that a "bug."

Yesterday on September 8, there was some debate over whether the Steam Deck will actually be able to play every game available on Steam. Specifically, CodeWeavers president James Ramey, whose company works on the Proton-based software that lets Steam games that use Linux run on the Steam Deck, claimed people were mistaken to assume the new hardware could run every Steam game.

Shortly thereafter, PC Gamer (opens in new tab) referred back to a comment made by Steam developer Lawrence Yang when the hardware was first unveiled earlier this year. "Something that we said earlier on is that we really want the entire library to work," Yang said to the outlet. "If it doesn't work we see that as a bug and we want to fix it," the developer continued.

It's interesting to note that Valve actually views the Steam Deck not being able to run every Steam game as an error. There has been a lot of doubt over the last few months as to whether the Steam Deck will be able to run popular online games like Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Rainbow Six Siege due to their anti-cheat software, so it's a positive sign that Valve is looking into this matter, before the final product launches later this year in December.

For what we made of Valve's new hardware when we got to play it for ourselves, you can head over to our complete Steam Deck preview for more.

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.