The Steam Deck has been around for a while, but it looks like there’s still some tweaking to be done. A rumor last week suggested that developers had the ability to block users from downloading their game on the Steam Deck. Demon Gaze Extra was reportedly set up in a way to prevent users from downloading it on Valve’s handheld console. However, the company has now come out and stated that there is no such setting and that it was a technical issue.
“Prior to the Deck’s release, we added a feature to allow developers to tag certain content/depots as relevant only to Deck customers,” Valve said in a statement to PC Gamer. “This would allow developers to automatically deliver a different default graphics setting on the Deck, for example. There was a technical issue with how this feature shipped, and unfortunately some content was incorrectly labeled as the reverse (“deliver these deposits to each customer *not* in 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.”
In addition to resolving issues like these, Valve will be focused on getting the console playable and verifying as many games as possible. Last month, the company revealed that it will continue to add to the more than 2,000 games that have undergone this process. Additionally, to ensure the process was completed successfully, Valve introduced a feedback system whereby players can indicate whether they agree with the Verified status of a particular game.
“It’s been exciting to see the variety of games the community has been playing, new or old, big or small, all genres, players seem to have had a lot of fun on Deck,” Valve said in a blog post. We’ll continue to upload through the Steam catalog and can’t wait to share the next big thing here. We’re also listening closely to customer feedback in this space as we want to make sure the Deck Verified program is doing its job.”
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