Is Starfield Steam Deck Verified?

An epic space adventure is coming.
An epic space adventure is coming. / Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda Games Studios’ Starfield is scheduled to release on September 6, 2023. The open-world space RPG will launch on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Windows and Steam. Players are also wondering if the game is Steam Deck verified.

Is Starfield Steam Deck Verified?

Starfield hasn’t been Steam Deck verified yet. There’s no clear indication of the game’s playability on the Steam Deck. 

The game will likely be playable on Steam Deck but may not run well. Starfield’s gameplay may not be smooth on the Steam Deck, judging by the performance of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, a game with similar minimum system requirements. Reddit users report Respawn Entertainment’s title having significant issues while running on the device. It often reaches lower than 30 FPS and randomly crashes. 

Bethesda’s space adventure might follow suit. Starfield’s vast open world might be too much for the handheld device. 

Starfield also requires 125GB of space and an SSD, making the game even less likely to be smooth sailing for users with little room on their Steam Decks.

Understanding Steam Deck compatibility can be a little confusing. Here’s a brief clarification. 

Steam Deck Compatibility Explained

The Steam Deck Compatibility program describes how well a Steam game will perform on Steam Decks.

There are four categories a title will fall under:

  • Verified: The game works perfectly on the Steam Deck.
  • Playable: Players may need to make manual adjustments for the game to work on the Steam Deck.
  • Unsupported: The game won’t work on the Steam Deck.
  • Unknown: The game hasn’t been tested for Steam Deck compatibility.

Visit the official Steam Deck verified page for more details on each category. Valve even provides a list of the most recent verified Steam games on this page.

Usually, you’ll see a game's Steam Deck compatibility on its official Steam page. The category should be under the "Languages" tab on the page's right side. You can always click the "Learn more" button if you forget a category's meaning. Valve typically updates Steam pages as soon as a game is tested. 

You can preload Starfield starting at $99.99.