Halo Infinite is not on the list of Xbox games compatible with Steam Deck

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Microsoft has released a roundup of Xbox Game Studios games that are supported on Valve’s new Steam Deck, but there are a handful of notable titles that aren’t supported, Halo Infinite among them.

In one publish on steamXbox Game Studios confirms that, alongside Halo Infinite, Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X also fall into the “unsupported” category for the Steam Deck.

The reason for this is simply “due to anti-cheat” and it’s unclear if there are any plans to help these titles get supported later. Microsoft also explains in the article that it’s up to individual development studios “how they fit Steam Deck integration for their games into their busy schedules” adding that “with a lot of good stuff already in the works, some titles may take a bit more time”.

The rest of the article is a little more positive for current and potential Steam Deck owners, with a total of fourteen titles deemed fully “verified” or “playable” on the Steam Deck, many of which are popular releases.

The valve itself has previously said that its “standards for titles to get a Verified or Playable rating are very high”, explaining that “If a game shows controller glyphs 99% of the time but sometimes tells you to press F during gameplay, that’s playable, not verified. If 99% of a game’s features are accessible, but access to an optional in-game mini-game hangs or a tutorial video does not display, this is not supported.

The eight Xbox Game Studios games listed as verified for the Steam Deck are:

Meanwhile, the six titles that fall under the Playable category are:

These 14 titles from Xbox Game Studios now join a list of over a thousand games that have been marked as verified or playable on Steam Deck. You can check out our full thoughts on Valve’s handheld in our full review.

Analysis: Sitting tight

Microsoft’s four unsupported games aren’t the only titles we’ve seen deviate from the Steam Deck in recent weeks. Other third-party titles such as Fortnite and Destiny 2 are also still excluded from the Steam Deck system.

When it comes to Destiny 2, developer Bungie has gone so far to say that the game “is not supported for play on the Steam Deck or any system using Proton from Steam Play unless Windows is installed and running” and that “players attempting to launch Destiny 2 on the Steam Deck via SteamOS or Proton will not be able to enter the game and will be returned to its game library after a short period of time.” Additionally, “players who do not access Destiny 2 through Windows and attempt to circumvent the SteamOS/Proton incompatibility will be banned from the game.”

Of course, it’s still early days for Valve’s handheld. It’s become clear that there’s demand for the console, but it could take some time for things to kick in and its library to grow significantly and reflect the scale of Steam as a whole. Valve itself has stated that “it’s only after real customers get to interact that we start getting real feedback and real data. Although we’ve worked hard to build the Deck Verified program as it exists, we’re excited to now be able to iterate based on how you actually interact with it.

The Steam Deck didn’t have a big launch title – although Aperture Desk Job does an admirable job of introducing the hardware to gamers – but Valve is currently working on a few more of its own games. In a recent interview with Axios, Greg Coomer, a designer at Valve, revealed that “there are several games in development right now at Valve” and that he thinks “they’re pretty exciting.” It’s a case of “watching this space”.

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