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Steam Deck game library now 29% larger than that of Nintendo Switch

Valve's popular handheld gaming PC recently passed 14,200 officially rated games, meaning there's never been a better time to own one.

New Steam Deck Game Milestone

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly calculated the number of compatible games at just under 18,000. This has now been corrected.

The Steam Deck game library keeps going from strength to strength as the total game library has now passed 14,200 titles. At the time of writing, 4,719 games have earned a Verified rating, while 9,499 are rated as playable.

The Steam Deck is easily one of the best handheld gaming PC devices, and it ignited the current obsession with portable PC gaming. Devices like the ROG Ally and Legion Go have since jumped on the trend.

On March 11, 2024, we reported that the Steam Deck had just passed the 14,000 games milestone. Valve clearly isn’t slowing down the verification process with just shy of 200 new games rated in just over 70 days.

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these are all new Steam Deck games, as older titles are still eligible to earn a rating. If a developer wants to earn Playable or Verified status, it can make any required changes to satisfy Valve’s criteria and have the game re-evaluated.

This new compatibility figure also arrives despite Valve often failing to apply common sense to the existing rating system, which currently excludes games that work perfectly well on the Steam Deck. Ghost of Tsushima is excluded for a teriary game mode being inaccessible on Linux while Horizon Forbidden West’s settings apparently can’t be configured to run well, despite us proving otherwise.

Both games are rated as Unsupported for different reasons, despite both running incredibly well on Valve’s handheld. These are two very high-profile games and I can only imagine how many more out there are left in limbo.

Despite this frustration, it’s obvious that Valve has big plans for the Steam Deck, especially following the release of the Steam Deck OLED. The most recent sales figures show millions of units being sold prior to the OLED model’s release, and this juiced-up model will only help this number grow.

As we await news on the inevitable Steam Deck 2, you can check out our current list of the best Steam Deck games, all hand-picked and tested by us.