Hogwarts Legacy will be Steam Deck Verified at launch

WB Games says Hogwarts Legacy Steam Deck compatibility will be a thing from day one, but we have reservations about performance based on the game's PC specs

Hogwarts Legacy Steam Deck verified: Key art with school in backdrop and floating Valve handheld with PS1 Hagrid on screen

Hogwarts Legacy Steam Deck compatibility is officially a thing, as WB Games say the Harry Potter game will be Verified at launch. That means you’ll be able to run the open-world RPG on the go, but there’s a chance its visuals and performance will come with PS1 Hagrid vibes.

On paper, Hogwarts Legacy system requirements look like they’d make a premium gaming PC sweat, and even the eventual Steam Deck 2 likely won’t meet recommended specs. Yet, here we are, talking about how the action RPG will be ‘Great on Deck’ on day one. Seems too good to be true, right? Well, it’s happening, whether you think it should be possible or not.

Over on Twitter, WB Games confirms that Hogwarts Legacy will be Steam Deck compatible from the get-go. In theory, you should be able to trek around the magical private school grounds without a hitch, but it’s worth keeping in mind that Verification isn’t a complete performance fail-safe.

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If you’re a frame rate fusspot that won’t settle for anything less than 60fps, then Hogwarts Legacy on Steam Deck could disappoint. While Avalanche Games doesn’t include the portable within its PC specs list, cranking up settings requires a pretty capable GPU. Sure, the Deck’s AMD APU can handle many new games, especially if you play using its 720p display, but you won’t necessarily be able to boost fps.

Ultimately, playing Hogwarts Legacy on Deck will likely come with caveats, whether that means reduced frame rates or sketchy graphics. Given that the game will work on an Nvidia GTX 960 gaming PC, hitting 60fps should be possible if you stick to low settings. However, reduced visuals at 720p might fail to impress some enthusiasts, and using the best Steam Deck dock and a monitor could transform the game into a PlayStation Demake.

Of course, the above is mere speculation, and we’ll need to wait for the Hogwarts Legacy release date to arrive to confirm our performance suspicions.

The creator of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years. Warner Bros. has the licence to make games based on Harry Potter. While the details of that deal aren’t publicly known, and WB Games says “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game”, it is likely that, as the creator and owner of the Harry Potter IP, she will earn royalties from its sales. If you’d like to learn more about transgender equality or lend your support, here are two important charities we encourage you to check out: the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, and Mermaids in the UK.