Valve is preparing for the release of the first Steam Deck units , but it is also taking care to optimize its games for the console. Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and the Half-Life series are receiving a series of updates designed to make the gaming experience better on the handheld console.
The information was shared by PCGamer, who were able to speak to the Steam Deck team. It is said that there are multiple Valve teams that are busy developing updates for Steam Deck games.
“The [team] at Dota is doing something quite innovative, at least in the context of Dota,” says designer Greg Coomer. “Just last week, they proposed a new mode that allows players to play well using thumbsticks.” The update also included the return of a 4-player co-op mode that seems well suited to the Steam Deck control scheme. Adds designer Lawrence Yang: “They call it experimental controller support because they’re still looking for feedback, but now you can play a real game of Dota with the gamepad.”
Diehard Steam Controller fans have likely used gyro aiming in CS: GO for years, but the Steam Deck update will strengthen some elements of CS: GO’s controller support. Coomer described it as a dedicated update to items that haven’t changed in years, like radial menus.
Additionally, Coomer said Valve is working on a “bunch” of changes for Half-Life , even if they look more like menu-related changes . “While the core experience of Half-Life games is pretty polished for the controllers, a lot of the secondary things haven’t received the same care as the main elements,” he said. All Half-Life games should receive updates, although not all together.
Yang added that the Portal series games have already been tested on the Steam Deck and are working fine, but Left 4 Dead 2 could get some attention as well. “I think we want to look at the entire Valve catalog to make sure things are going well on Deck,” he said.
Basically, all of Valve’s major games are getting some “beauty treatment”. Fans, of course, can’t wait to get their hands on the console: while they wait, they can only admire the images of the final packaging of the console .