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(Pocket-lint) - If you're getting a Steam Deck and want to see which games will work with the handheld then there are several ways to check. 

It was previously revealed that there will be at least 100 games that will be playable on the Steam Deck at launch. That list has now significantly increased, with the SteamDB listing 762 different games as "playable". That's 405 verified and 357 playable.  

Obviously more are being tested all the time, but if you already have a decent Steam library then you might be keen on finding out which of your games you'll be able to play. 

There are currently a few different ways to check. Sadly at this point, you can't simply just look at a game in your Steam library and see if it has the verified or compatibility markings. These don't even show up in the Steam store at the moment. 

There are some options though.

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How to check your entire Steam library

Valve has released an official tool that you can use to check which games in your library are verified or the compatibility status. 

To get the results, all you need to do is sign in to the website on this page. You can then see your library split into three categories:

  • Deck Verified - "Valve's testing indicates these titles from your Steam Library are fully functional on Steam Deck, and work great with the built-in controls and display."
  • Deck Playable - "Valve's testing indicates these titles from your Steam Library are functional on Steam Deck, but might require extra effort to interact with or configure."
  • Unsupported Deck Games - "Valve's testing indicates these games in your Steam Library currently don't function on Steam Deck. Valve is continuing to add support for more games over time."

Sadly this method doesn't appear to give a complete picture at the moment. Our library has 800 games but only a few are shown in each section. You can click to "load more" but even that doesn't show every game. So if you want to see all your games at a glance, then this isn't the answer. It is a great way to see a summary though. 

We're also happy to see some great games on the verified list from our library including:

The unofficial tools - a more complete picture?

The official site doesn't give you all the answers at the moment. But there are other options. You can, for example, use the Steam Deck Verified tool created by Avery to manually cross-check games in your Steam library with those that have been checked and included in the Steam database.  This system doesn't seem perfect at this point and obviously, if you have hundreds of games in your library it'll be a pain to check them all. 

Luckily there is one way to check your Steam library automatically and that's using the CheckMyDeck tool. This is a site that's not officially associated with Valve but is able to use publicly accessible information to compare your library to the currently verified list. 

It does, however, require a few essential steps to get started, but nothing too taxing. 

In order to use this tool, follow these steps first:

  1. Open up the Steam app and navigate to your profile
  2. Click "edit profile" on the top right
  3. Find the field marked custom URL
  4. If there's something there delete it 
  5. This will then reveal your Steam ID in the URL format just below that:
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Don't click save that this point, just copy that code and click away from here and you'll still keep your custom URL. Alternatively, you can use your Steam ID (the custom URL) to find out what your Steam64 ID number is by using the Steam ID finder tool

The next step is simply to visit the CheckMyDeck tool and use your Steam64 ID number to check your library. If it doesn't work immediately then it may be because your Steam profile is set to private. If that's the case then just return to Steam > Your Profile > Edit > Privacy settings and change game details to "Public". 

The CheckMyDeck tool will then be able to display your Steam library and let you know the titles are Verified, Playable, Unsupported or Unknown. 

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Don't panic

We ran our library of 860 games through the tool and discovered that only around 7 per cent are said to be "playable" at this moment. While a large proportion are naturally listed as "unknown". Most users will probably find the same thing as Valve is in the process of verifying the games in the Steam catalogue and there's a lot to go through. 

Keep checking back in future and you'll no doubt find that list grow. 

Writing by Adrian Willings.