The PSP is long dead. The Playstation Vita too. But long live ValvE’s Steam Deck, a handheld that’s just around the corner, and thanks to Sony’s new PC gaming push, will finally make the dream to play the company’s biggest blockbusters on a small portable device a reality.
Although the initial units are not set to start delivery until december, the developers have already got their hands on the Steam Deck and tweeted photos of it running their games. The latest person to participate in the media blitz is none other than Shuhei Yoshida, independent development manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Today he tweeted a photo of the device on Horizon Zero Dawn. We still have no idea how it will play out in action, but it looks stunning for a photo of a screen condensed by Twitter dot com. This is also what PlayStation pCattle fans have dreamed of this for years.
The PS Vita promise was that it would allow players to take big blockbusters on the go. So Sony launched it with a Unexplored spin off, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and followed it with adaptations of its other major franchises of the time, such as Resistance: Burning Sky and Little big planet PlayStation Vita. Several years later Killzone: Mercenary regular. Sony even convinced 2K Games to try and put Borderlands 2 above. And of course there was that Vita Bio-shock Game that never took off. The experiment was a failure, leading many to believe it was doomed from the start, a theory disproved years later when Nintendo released Breath of the wild on Switch.
Now, it looks like Sony has another unlikely bite in that apple thanks to the intersection of two surprising new trends: Valve is launching into handhelds and Sony is launching into Steam. Valve is currently busy ensuring that every game in its catalog can run on the Steam Deck, and in the meantime, Sony has apparently reaffirmed its commitment to bringing its console exclusives to PC this week with the discovery of a PlayStation PC brand, first reported by VGC.
The company recently announced God of the war would come to the platform in January 2022, joining Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone, while the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection will follow later in the year. Others are on the way, GQ reported in an interview with SIE CEO Jim Ryan in February, with Spider Man being the next logical choice (it came out a few months after God of the war). References to last year Sackboy: a great adventure were also recently discovered in the Steam database.
That means a lot of things, one of which is that very soon Steam Deck owners will finally be able to play many of Sony’s greatest games on the go. Hopefully with smooth frame rates and no crashes. I suddenly feel less of a fool for pre-ordering one. Who knows, it might even bring Helldiverse back from the dead.