Valve says Steam Deck exclusive titles don't make much sense

cliffordcooley

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All I know is I don't want one. I don't care what OS or games can be installed on it. I was only curious as to why exclusives didn't make sense on the Steam Deck.

There is one question that comes to mind. Exclusives on Steam has nothing to do with being able to install other gaming platforms. That just means you can (potentially) play other exclusives not available on Steam. The exact same way Epic and other stores have been doing on PC all along. So why does Tim really think exclusives do not make sense?
 

passwordistaco

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OH NOES! Who has supported the OS on all the PCs I've built over the years? Better not install Windows when I get a Steam Deck, or it will be dangling out there unsupported.
 
All I know is I don't want one. I don't care what OS or games can be installed on it. I was only curious as to why exclusives didn't make sense on the Steam Deck.

There is one question that comes to mind. Exclusives on Steam has nothing to do with being able to install other gaming platforms. That just means you can (potentially) play other exclusives not available on Steam. The exact same way Epic and other stores have been doing on PC all along. So why does Tim really think exclusives do not make sense?


Because exclusives would be entirely against the point of the steam deck. Valve are treating the system like it is: a handheld pc. It doesn't need exclusive games because it has nothing that would require one. Anything you could do on a steam deck, you could do on a regular pc. Valve know this and fully realize the bad blood that would come from non-steam deck owners if they started gating off games on inferior hardware to their traditional pc. Enforcing that kind of restriction would also be nye impossible, because pc users will be pc users and figure a way around it. There's no incentive for them to limit a game to a piece of hardware that they know not many can get their hands on when it could make them much more money being sold to their astronomically bigger user base on pc.
 

cliffordcooley

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Because exclusives would be entirely against the point of the steam deck.
My point was the exclusives would be for Steam not the Steam Deck. The exclusives would not be pointless. All the other gaming clients on PC have exclusive games. He is arguing this from a Steam Deck perspective, when it is really what he wants for Steam. He doesn't want exclusives for Steam therefor he can't have them on Steam Deck.