Valve will not develop video games exclusively for Steam Deck nor seek time-exclusive deals with third parties. The confirmation comes directly from the company’s official website, in the FAQ section reserved for the Steam Deck, where it is confirmed that it is designed as a gaming PC. It would make no sense to offer exclusives. In short: “It’s a PC, and it must be possible to play just like on a PC. “
Over the past six months, Valve has focused its energies mainly on the Steam Deck due to the growing public interest and many pre-orders. Many users have started to think of the portable PC as a direct rival of Nintendo Switch, or of home consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X / S, but Valve has confirmed that the model adopted by the company will be different, so no exclusives, services such as subscription and so on. It is a portable gaming PC on which to play not only the titles in your Steam library but also those of third parties, so it will be possible – for example – to take advantage of your Xbox Game Pass subscription or uninstall Steam OS to install Windows or any other operating system.
Steam Deck can be pre-ordered on the official Valve website and will be available starting February 2022. The portable gaming PC is offered with three formulas: 419 euros (64 GB internal memory), 549 euros (internal memory from 256 GB), and 679 euros (512 GB internal memory and anti-reflective glass).