Valve's Steam Deck is quickly becoming an unofficial PlayStation Vita successor
Valve's Steam Deck looks like the PlayStation Vita successor we all want
Published: 7th February 2022 | Source: SteamDB |
Horizon: Zero Dawn and God of War are now Steam Deck verified
Valve's Steam Deck handheld is due to launch later this month, transforming the handheld gaming market by offering users access to a powerful new gaming SOC that puts Nintendo's Switch handheld to shame.
Last week, Sony's God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn were listed as being Steam Deck verified games, confirming that the two PlayStation 4 classics should run on Valve's handheld gaming PC without any issues. With this in mind, Valve's PC gaming handheld is starting to be seen by gamers as an unofficial PlayStation Vita successor, giving its ability to play some of Sony's greatest hits. Death Stranding has also been listed as a Steam Deck verified game in recent weeks.
Given Sony's plan to release more PC ports of its PlayStation exclusive titles, and the Steam Deck's use of an RDNA 2 graphics chip and Zen 2 CPU (like Sony's PlayStation 5), Valve's upcoming handheld PC is likely to be compatible with a multitude of future PlayStation-to-PC conversions. Overall, developers appear to be pleased with the performance that Valve's Steam Deck offers, though it remains to be seen how well the system will perform moving forward as games begin to focus more on next-generation hardware platforms.
Currently, Sony appears to have no plans to re-enter the mobile gaming market, and Nintendo appears to be unlikely to reveal a successor to their Switch handheld anytime soon. With that in mind, Valve's Steam Deck handheld PC gaming system is expected to be the most powerful gaming handheld for some time, and the best place to play Sony games on a mobile platform.
While the Steam Deck is larger and more bulky than Sony's Vita systems, it is hard not to compare both systems given Sony's recent reach into the PC gaming space and the fact that they are launching their game's on Valve's Steam platform. While the Steam Deck is not the Vita 2.0, it is certainly ready to fill the Vita's niche within the handheld gaming market.
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