Valve downgrades The Last of Us Part 1 to "unsupported" on Steam Deck

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The Last of Us Part 1 isn't Steam Deck Verified, as Valve downgrades the PC port and Naughty Dog pledges patches and fixes ahead of verification for the handheld device.

Last week saw The Last of Us Part 1 finally arrive on PC, to incredibly negative fan responses. The port was dubbed "a technical disaster" from Steam reviewers for its litany of performance issues, with Naughty Dog apologizing and pledging to investigate the various issues.

Now though, Naughty Dog is putting patches and fixes before submitting The Last of Us Part 1 for Steam Deck Verification. As per the tweets from the developer below yesterday on April 3, fixing the game is of far more importance to Naughty Dog than getting a broken game working for Steam Deck users.

Additionally, it seems even Valve has taken umbrage with the PC port. According to the Steam Deck screenshot below, Valve considers The Last of Us Part 1 on Steam Deck to be entirely "unsupported," but is actively looking into ways to improve the game's Steam Deck support.

This is all even more disappointing considering Naughty Dog stated The Last of Us Part 1 would be Steam Deck compatible all the way back in December 2022. Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann put speculation about the PC port to rest at the time via his personal Twitter account, so there's no wonder PC players are now thinking of this as a bit of a broken promise.

The Last of Us Part 1 did receive a rapid PC patch last week after launch, and Naughty Dog has pledged to release a "larger patch" this week at some point. Here's hoping the developer can turn things around for the PC version, before finally making good on their Steam Deck pledge from last year. 

Despite this fumbled launch, Naughty Dog has pledged to make more PC games in the future. 

Hirun Cryer

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.