Steam Deck won’t have any exclusive games, and might support AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 4:48 PM

It may seem obvious based on what Valve has already said about the upcoming Steam Deck, but they still felt it worth mentioning. If you were at all worried that you’ll be missing out on some exclusive games for the Steam Deck next year, don’t worry, because Valve isn’t making any Steam Deck-exclusive games.

In a recent FAQ, Valve cleared up many questions both developers and players may have about the Steam Deck. One of which asks whether Valve would be interested in making any exclusive titles for the Steam Deck: “No, that doesn't make much sense to us,” Valve said in response. “It's a PC and it should just play games like a PC.

That doesn’t mean new games can’t be developed with the Steam Deck in mind, especially more titles from Valve. They also don’t think any other developer would be interested in making a Steam Deck-only game themselves, reiterating that the Steam Deck is, essentially, just a portable PC.

Other questions in the FAQ ask about what else is technically possible with the Steam Deck, including VR support: “Technically it's possible. We've seen people jury rig it,” but it’s not exactly recommended. The same goes with downloading any other games from other storefronts.

Perhaps what’s more interesting is an update on AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) support, which sounds more like a system-wide implementation that means it could be used in games that don’t officially support it, though it will come during a later update to the new Steam OS.

FSR is already available for some applications that support it. Games that already include FSR will work as is, but also FSR support will be included as part of an OS future release. Once that happens, games could potentially make use of FSR even if the games themselves don't natively support it.

What do you think? Are you getting a Steam Deck? How do you feel about Steam Deck-exclusives? Do you think we’ll ever get any? And what about AMD FSR support? How do you feel about that? Let us know!

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21:49 Dec-06-2021

Hmm Im not sure about steam deck. their previous console (steam machine remember?) was a fail. and handheld is much smaller market. Also most people who want handheld already have switch which also offers some exclusive titles.


I saw an argument that its a good way to get something in the hardware shortage, but im not convinced, pc is pc with its wide range of possible ways to control your games.


Im not saying it will not sell, Im just saying its not going to be as great as many people think.

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19:37 Dec-02-2021

I dont understand why this is any news, FSR is hardware agnostic and i have no idea how exclusives would work on steam deck since it is just x86 computer designed to run either open source linux or widely available windows, its basically laptop hardware, embedded into handheld form ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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14:54 Dec-02-2021

Ok but I'd like to point out that we get the most exclusives on PC...


Plus emulation software, I can play anything I want. So why would exclusives be a selling point

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13:36 Dec-02-2021

The Steam Deck has been mocked at times, but with the current shortages and skyrocketing prices, it's a pretty good deal for a gamer who isn't aiming for 4K/60 fps.

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23:12 Dec-01-2021

I am just going to go with my standard of "don't pre-order". It never was good for gaming industry and I doubt pre-orders are good for hardware business, since you do forfeit your right to reading independent reviews and making informed decision. Even if with hardware you can at least justify it with stock running out.. But I guess, if you would buy it anyway, even if it was worst thing ever, then go for it I guess. I will wait for post-release and re-evaluate it at that point.

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11:04 Dec-02-2021

Normally I'm with you on preorders, but:


1) So far all signs point to a great piece of hardware. Those of us interested have seen countless videos on it already and it's lookin' real good, Valve seem to have put a LOT of care into the device.


2) The "preorder" is a refundable £4 (or whatever your regional equivalent is) payment and you can bail at any time right up untill you have to pay for yours before it ships (which is now February at the earliest, due to the supply chain delays). It makes a ton of sense to "pre-order" to reserve your spot early and then bail (getting your money back to Steam wallet) if you're not happy with the 1st wave of hands-on reviews, rather than save your £4 and bite your nails because the stock is unavailable for the next year in case you do end up wanting one. Plus you could always sell the unit on ebay once you have it, even if you don't want it, because of the stock issues - there will surely be latecomers wanting one. Sounds to me like you didn't consider any of this.


Edit: Forgot to mention that preorders ARE good for hardware business. ANY business, in fact. Preorders let the company gauge/estimate demand so they can order enough supply. Ordering early and in bulk also lowers the manufacturing costs - something that Gabe had to bank on (and hope for) to price the Steam Deck competitively. In the housing market early sales "off plan" (think of it as a preorder for a house/apartment) help the developer save money on bank/investor loans, which reduces costs and makes the early-bird price lower for buyers (I know this because I do 3D archviz for that purpose). Regular people also use things like Kickstarter to gather capital for manufacturing of goods that they otherwise couldn't make out of their own pocket (my missis and a ton of her art community friends do this).


In an ideal world you'd always see a product before buying, but considering the cost benefits of preorders in many industries - they do often end up making the product cheaper (passing on the savings), better (using the savings for extra features/quality) or just plain make the product EXIST in the first place (as is the case with many small businesses and merch). Preorders can royally screw people, of course, if the end product is garbage - this certainly happens, but don't forget that 1) we tend to hear about the bad ones, not the countless savings and opportunities afforded by preorders (boring business stuff that consumers largely don't care about) and 2) you always have to look at what the company is doing, the track record, the viability - then make your own judgment whether or not to preorder. You can always say no to the bad ones. Just keep in mind this changes nothing about the fact that preorders work out for countless good ones.

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00:03 Dec-03-2021

My question here is simple, would you be saying here same things if it was EA instead of Valve? Or Activision,Ubisoft, or pick your favorite hated corporation. Just saying, I think a lot of this in favor comes from the fact that Valve "can do no wrong". That often is till they do. I am just not on side to trust corporation, even if that is Valve.


But as far as hardware pre-orders go, fair points, maybe I do look at worse cases and maybe I saw few too many of bad ones. Though I do question how much those savings amount to. And I do feel something like apartments do have more buyer protections in place, then again, you know a lot more about it than me. And with Kickstarter, I think you got better chance to find failed projects than ones that actually became something and that something was good. But yes, it does happen.

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11:29 Dec-03-2021

Well that's why I'm putting my faith in Valve and not EA, aren't I? Their previous hardware attempts were always interesting, even if a couple were a bit of a commercial fail (Steam link and the controller). Valve Index is glorious, my friend has it - no faults there. Their marketing is also very open from the get-go - they even showed us a disassembly - something that other manufacturers are reluctant to do or encourage. They said there will be replacement parts available to fix the Deck, we can Dual-boot, we can wipe it and just have Windows if we want to, etc, etc, etc. Surely you can see why people are interested? It's not that they "can do no wrong" - it's that they are doing everything right so far.


And let's not forget that "£4 to reserve a refundable preorder slot" thing - I can still bail at ANY time if I feel like the reviews aren't what I want before I pay in full for mine. Nobody is holding me hostage and I didn't pay more than a cup of coffee's worth, lol!


Kickstarter - you can think what you feel like thinking, but kickstarter became a big place for small creators to fund their merch - and it's often more successful than they'd have anticipated. Every kickstarter my missis made so far - 4 of them, to be exact - were funded and reached their goals and then some. And she knows plenty of people in her art circles that have had the same great success. The ones that fail are the unrealistic wacky kickstarter projects (like the electric umbrella or video games by people who've never made one) and it's easy to spot them beforehand most of the time. Kickstarter is not just for these huge wacky startup ideas, you know... have you ever even actually been there?


I get that you're very cautious and I get why - but the reality is that not everyone's out to get you and not everything is a pile of crap, do your due diligence and be free, rather than assume that everything is bad and a fail and a scam lol.

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17:17 Dec-04-2021

I do get it, I am not going around calling out or blaming people for pre-ordering it. Only ones I dislike are people who pre-order something, it turns out crap, then they are trying their best to justify it and say how good it is, just because they are invested and don't want to admit they got screwed. But as I said, if you were going to buy it anyway, you might as well reserve your spot. And yeah, Valve did do some things right, like repairability. I kind of wish SSD was more accessible though, so you could have SSD with Valves OS and one with Windows and easy way to swap them. Though that is bit of a dream since it is hard to design it in small portable form factor. So I don't hold it against Valve.


And for Kickstarter, as you probably already guessed, I don't really spend much time on it, like sure, I did check it out, but I never were interested into investing there. Like don't get me wrong, I saw some promising Kickstarters, but I am always more like, I will believe it when I see it. It always felt like gamble to me. Even with doing research. Like game wise for example, we had Kickstarters where it looked like people running it had experience and stuff, but they messed it up in some way. Not everyone, there are games that actually ended up being great and came from Kickstarter. Call me old fashioned or whatever, I know there are plenty of honest Kickstarters and I am pretty sure there are plenty where they were honest and just mismanaged things, but they really didn't want to "scam" people.

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19:16 Dec-01-2021

I am really excited for me myself. I mostly planned on using it when I'm waiting in line at stores or riding with family to places, as well as going on planes. Super hype.

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11:28 Dec-02-2021

Waiting in line at stores? Wha....? Sounds like soviet times - get in early, wait in line for hours for bread, having enough time to whip out the Gabe Gear 😂

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18:48 Dec-01-2021

I just preordered mine to play stuff on the sofa or in bed. Diablo II will surely look and run better than the Switch port currently does! (I have it, but it somehow looks worse and runs at half the framerate of Diablo III on Switch, which is disappointing. Playable, I can continue leveling my BNet characters, but it's still disappointing.)

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17:46 Dec-01-2021

DLSS and the like are a godsend to any gamer, now especially with how well games can run on older hardware. With steam deck having a lower res screen and FSR, they could probably make any game playable.


On the note about exclusive games... That's a meaningless question. It's a computer running linux or windows, meaning it already has exclusives.


On another note....Why can i suddenly edit this comment? edit edit edit edit

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