The Steam Deck is now ready for pre-orders in selected countries

The Philippines is not one of them

The Valve Steam Deck is an anticipated mobile console that runs a modified version of Linux and is essentially a portal for Steam. Valve said that it can run some titles that are available on the Steam store and that the console can also be modified to run Windows instead of Proton, also known as Steam Play, a compatibility layer from Valve that lets Windows-based applications and games run on a Linux environment.

The console is now ready for pre-orders through its website. Unfortunately it’s not available for pre-orders in the Philippines. The lowest end starts has 64GB eMMC storage while the highest end has 512GB of NVMe SSD. It also includes a few bonuses like an exclusive Steam Community Profile bundle and an exclusive Virtual Keyboard theme.

Take note that not all titles are supported by the Steam Deck. This should be expected considering the limiting controls and specs of the console in contrast to a full-fledged PC. This was also announced by James B. Ramey, president of software development at CodeWeavers. This was stemmed from an IGN interview, where there are users who misinterpreted the statement from Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais.

This is the first time we’ve achieved the level of performance that is required to really run the latest generation of games without problems. All the games we wanted to be playable is, really, the entire Steam library. We haven’t really found something we could throw at this device that it couldn’t handle.”

Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve

Ramey then cleared up the the statement Pierre had made, stating that the latter meant that the Steam Deck’s specifications can, in theory, run any game it asks for, that the statement is based on the hardware specs rather than the compatibility of a game to run on the Steam Deck

“I think there are two messages that have been kind of mashed together when people focus and talk on this,” he told Boiling Steam. “The first message is when Pierre-Loup made his announcement and stated that the Steam Deck can support any and all games. I think what he was referencing is — and this is my opinion, this is my perception, this is not something I have talked to him about — but I think he was trying to state that the device itself, the hardware specs on this device, can support any game.”

That should clear confusion and frustration to gamers who are too excited about the Steam Deck and overly expects the compatibility of its library of games without running into a compatibility issue.

Source: Steam, Rock, Paper, Shotgun