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Valve says it will not allow exclusive titles for Steam Deck

Digital distributor says that the handheld "should just play games like a PC"

This week Valve has said it doesn't intend to allow Steam Deck exclusive games on Steam.

The platform holder provided this updated within a newly released FAQs based on developer questions regarding the handheld.

In response to a question about whether Valve would want Steam Deck exclusives, the company said, "No, that doesn't make much sense to us. It's a PC and it should just play games like a PC."

However, Valve noted that the handheld supports the installation of software outside of the digital storefront as well.

"Just install the application and then add it to Steam from desktop mode and it'll show up just like it would on any PC," the company clarified.

Aside from answering questions regarding the hardware, Valve also said the front page of the Steam Deck store will only show titles verified to work on the handheld.

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Jeffrey Rousseau joined GamesIndustry.biz in March 2021. Based in Florida, his work focused on the intersectionality of games and media. He enjoys reading, podcasts, staying informed, and learning how people are tackling issues.