At one point it seemed like there was just no stopping the Steam Deck but now it seems after being available for 1 year and around 8 months or so, the Steam Deck has started to move down the top sellers on Steam.
Yup. I preordered and have loved it since day 1. I’ve only ever used Steam on Linux (just hit 10 years last month), and it has been amazing to see the progress. I went from mostly playing indies with Linux support (played Minecraft beta, Factorio alpha, and a few others) and a handful of games through WINE (mostly Starcraft 2, but a couple of others as well).
It’s amazing to see the progress Steam on Linux has made, but most of the user visible progress was made from a year or so before the Steam Deck to a year or so after (wouldn’t be possible without WINE devs doing most of the work though), and it’s getting better every day.
So thank you everyone who bought a Steam Deck for signaling that Linux gaming is worth investing in.
Going over Valve’s own Weekly Top Sellers list from the Steam Deck release up until the week of “Tue, September 26, 2023 - Tue, October 3, 2023”, the Steam Deck was always globally in the top 10, where in that week it hit 11th place and the following week “Tue, October 3, 2023 - Tue, October 10, 2023” it hit 15th place.
Keep in mind Valve’s top seller list is by revenue, not units sold.
Coming up against games that were repeatedly selling in the multiple hundreds of thousands, and in many cases millions, that’s a lot of Linux-powered Steam Decks going out into the hands of gamers.
That’s only globally though, when going to different regions, the Steam Deck is still in the top 10 for some, but the opposite is also true, in some regions it’s also much lower.
Given that handheld PC gaming is still quite a niche overall, with a lot more competition now from other vendors and with rumours swirling of an upcoming refresh, it’s perhaps not surprising to finally see it start to slide down a little.
The Steam Deck only continues to mature and get better over time too, with lots and lots of Proton updates improving game compatibility and SteamOS 3.5 now in Preview, there’s still constant excitement for the Steam Deck.
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