Valve’s YouTube channel It was first updated this year with a trailer for steam surface. The minute-long ad calls it “the world’s most powerful mobile game” and asserts that it offers “mobile games without compromise,” highlighting features like “cloud saves, Steam chat, and more.”
Seeing Ghostrunner, Prey, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Death Stranding, Control, Slay the Spire, and The Ascent run smoothly on a Valve device makes it seem like a tempting proposition. Personally, the promise of being able to run my entire Steam library on a handheld device makes me realize how much I prefer the mouse and keyboard controls. Heck, I play Hades with mouse and keyboard, it’s great for infernal weapons. Maybe Steam Deck’s touchscreen and trackpad will change my mind?
The ad ends with a call to reserve Steam Deck now. If you do, don’t expect to have one by the end of the year despite announcing “to start shipping in December 2021”. Depending on which model you order, any Steam Deck booked now will likely arrive sometime in 2022.