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Blocked Steam Deck Installations Turn Out To Be A Technical Issue

The Steam Deck has been out and about for a while now, but it seems there's still a bit of fine tuning that needs to be done. A rumour last week suggested that developers had the capability of blocking users from downloading their game on the Steam Deck. Demon Gaze Extra was reportedly configured in a way to deny users from downloading it onto Valve's handheld console. However, the company has now come out and stated that no such configuration exists, and that it was a technical issue.

"Before the Deck launch, we added a feature to allow developers to tag certain content/depots as being relevant only for Deck customers," Valve said in a statement to PC Gamer. "This would allow developers to automatically deliver a different default graphics config on Deck, for example. There was a technical issue with the way this feature was shipped, and so unfortunately some content was incorrectly tagged as the reverse ("deliver these depots to every customer *not* on a Deck").

"We’ve since updated this feature so devs can no longer accidentally get into this state. For any games that are in an ‘uninstallable’ state, we’re working with partners to fix the issue."

Apart from ironing out issues like these, Valve will be focussed on getting as many games Playable and Verified for the console as possible. Last month, the company revealed that it will continue adding to the 2000-plus games that have undergone this process. Additionally, to ensure that the process was completed properly, Valve introduced a feedback system whereby players can point out if they agree with the Verified status of a particular game.

"It's been exciting to see the variety of games the community has been playing – new or old, big or small, every genre – it seems like players have been having a ton of fun on Deck," said Valve in a blog post. We're going to continue charging through the Steam catalog and can't wait to share the next big milestone here. We’re also listening carefully to customer feedback in this space, as we want to make sure the Deck Verified program is doing its job."

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