At the beginning of the month, Valve, the gaming behemoth that brought you Steam, announced the introduction of Steam Deck. Steam Deck is a portable gaming device that can run practically any AAA game on Steam. Its pre-orders started on July 16th, and we now have some exciting news about the games it can support.
Test of Dota 2
Gabe Newell, the president of Valve Corporation, stated that Steam Deck will be able to run Dota 2 flawlessly. A Redditor apparently emailed Gabe Newell about Steam Deck’s Dota 2 capabilities, and Newell responded affirmatively. How can you not believe anything if the president of a firm admits it?
In addition, Newell stated clearly in an interview with IGN,
“WELL, I DO IMMEDIATELY PLAY DOTA WITH EACH NEW VERSION THAT I GET SO I’VE PROBABLY BEEN A LITTLE MORE LASER-FOCUSED ON THE USABILITY TESTING”.
As Newell is a gaming aficionado, it seems evident that Dota 2 can run on Steam Deck. We can believe this man’s statement, but is it really worth it to play Dota 2 on Steam?
Is It Any Good?
Due to its small screen, playing Dota 2 on a Steam Deck may not be a viable option. Even with a mouse and keyboard connected to the Steam Deck, the 7″ screen is inadequate for gaming. Players may be unable to understand what is going on in the game, especially if a frenzied team fight breaks out.
In any case, it has the potential to deliver a radically different type of experience for the participants. In a professional Dota 2 team setup, Steam Deck can be a very useful tool for coaches. They can use it to rapidly watch and analyze replays in the Steam Deck after a match. It will be fascinating to see whether professional players employ Steam Deck in their games. Till then, we know for sure that Dota 2 will in fact run on Valve’s Steam Deck.
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