PlayStation’s Best Game Confirmed For Steam Deck
Neil Druckmann, the creator of The Last of Us and the co-creator of Naughty Dog, has finally confirmed that the upcoming The Last of Us PC version will also be playable on the Steam Deck. The game’s PC version is scheduled for a March 2023 release date, and Deck fans are excited to have one of Sony’s best exclusives in the palms of their hands. Despite possible compatibility issues, The Last of Us is joining a plethora of other games that have come to Valve’s handheld.
The upcoming The Last of Us Part 1 remake that’s supposed to hit the PC market in March is actually a remaster of a remaster, which only attests to the greatness of this particular gaming title — which is about to receive its televised adaptation. The original game was released on PlayStation 3 in 2013 before being remastered for PlayStation 4 in 2014. After garnering several gaming awards, the game was subsequently remastered once again for PlayStation 5 and released in September this year. In the meantime, Naughty Dog announced that the game is being developed for Windows PCs.
This isn’t all that surprising, considering Sony’s plans to sunset the PlayStation 4 in 2025, and launch some of its greatest titles on PC, as was the case with 2018′ God of War and 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. There are also talks about Gran Turismo making the jump from PlayStation to PC gaming platforms, though those are only mere speculations at this point. So, the release of The Last of Us Part 1 on a PC isn’t all that surprising, nor is the subsequent release on Steam Deck, which is Valve’s version of a portable gaming computer.
Valve was once known mainly as a game developer that unleashed some of the gaming world’s most iconic titles before making an impact on the gaming industry with its digital storefront. While there are some talks about a Portal sequel, the company has set its eyes on conquering the gaming world with its line of playable hardware that set out to challenge other handheld platforms — mainly Nintendo Switch. Compared to the company’s previous failed attempt to build and sell Valve/Steam gaming computers, Steam Deck is actually an absolute hit among the gaming population.
Now that The Last of Us Part 1 has been confirmed for Steam Deck, fans of Valve’s handheld will finally have the opportunity to enjoy one of the gaming world’s acclaimed titles. However, whether the game will be “verified” or “playable” on the handheld platform is still unknown. The former means that the gaming title has been officially optimized to run on the portable system, while the latter means that the game is playable, but some minor gaming issues may arise due to either hardware incompatibility or the game’s incompatibility with the interface system — like clunky controls, and camera issues.
Apart from the public announcement from the game’s creator, there’s not much detail about the upcoming The Last of Us Part 1 PC/Steam Deck port; other than it’s happening. There’s likely to be more news as the release date approaches, so we’ll keep the readership updated on the game’s further development.