Despite not being available for even a full year, the Steam Deck has become one of my most used gaming systems. I’ve played a lot of ports and new releases in the past few months, but I was impressed with how it made me try PC-only games that may never see console ports. With 2022 now over, there are plenty of games I look forward to playing on Steam Deck in the coming months. This list, in no particular order, features the 10 games I want to play on Steam Deck in 2023.
street fighter 6
Street Fighter 6 looks and feels amazing as of the two beta versions I played. Even though Street Fighter V had a difficult launch, I enjoyed it much more than Street Fighter IV, but Street Fighter 6 is special. I’ve played both betas on PS5, but I can’t wait to dig into the Steam Deck. I quite like playing fighting games on the Deck, and I even have a dedicated 512 GB SD card just for fighting games. All reports point to Street Fighter 6 running fine on the Steam Deck. I’m definitely looking forward to playing as Juri again starting in June when Street Fighter 6 is released on PC.
Star Wars: Jedi Survivor
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is one of the few recent Star Wars games that managed to impress me beyond the visual. I enjoyed playing it on console and have been playing it recently on Steam Deck. This got me excited for a proper next-gen game from the team. I don’t know how Star Wars: Jedi Survivor will look and run on Steam Deck considering it will only release on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but I trust the team and will test it on Steam Deck for sure in addition to one of the console platforms. . The original Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order is available at a huge discount right now, and I would recommend it if you want an interesting and challenging Star Wars action game.
The Last of Us Part I
Sony and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as most people when I played it on PS4. The Last of Us Part I on PS5 is a surprisingly good-looking game, and it’s one of the few PS5-only Sony games coming to PC soon. I’m curious about this one because I want to see how the engine is scaled down from the PS5 version to the Steam Deck, and also see what PC specific features are added. The signs point to The Last of Us Part I also works out of the box on Steam Deck.
Like a dragon: Ishin
Sega’s Ryu Ga Gotoku or Yakuza series has been very successful outside of Japan since Yakuza 0 launched on PS4 in 2017. The games have gone from not releasing outside of Japan to having simultaneous multi-platform releases around the world in recent years. . Yakuza Ishin is the only PS4 entry in the series not to see an English release, and that’s changing with Like a Dragon: Ishin, a Yakuza Ishin remake, coming to PC and console platforms. This is a completely standalone story, but features characters from across the series in fighting style gameplay. I played a few hours of the Japanese original, but I can’t wait to finally experience the story with the new version on PS5 and Steam Deck this February.
resident evil 4
The original Resident Evil 4 is one of the most beloved games of all time, and Capcom is remaking it for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and PC this March. The remake of Resident Evil 4, simply titled Resident Evil 4, looks amazing and I can’t wait to see what improvements Capcom brings to the original. Resident Evil 2 Remake is one of the best games from the developers, and I hope that will be the case with Resident Evil 4 Remake as well. So far, the engine used for the remake of Resident Evil 4 works brilliantly on the Steam Deck, giving me the confidence to play it on the Deck from day one.
sea of stars
Sea of Stars is a retro-style turn-based RPG that harkens back to the SNES era with its gorgeous art and music featuring Chrono Trigger and Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Yasunori Mitsuda as a guest composer. Sea of Stars seems like the perfect game to play on a portable system, and I’ll definitely be seeing it on Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch next year. Every part of the game shown looks very polished, and after The Messenger, I trust the studio.
Returnal is another one of Sony’s PS5 exclusive games coming to PC. Housemarque’s action roguelike combines bullet hell with shooter games to deliver an incredible experience that also features co-op support. I loved this on PS5, but I’m really curious to see how it works and looks on the Steam Deck given how reliant it was on the PS5 SSD. This is one of the best Sony games in years, and I’m glad it’s coming to PC in 2023. I hope the wait isn’t too long.
Octopath Voyager II
While Octopath Traveler was a Switch exclusive for many months before it came to PC, Octopath Traveler II will be launching on Switch, PC, and PlayStation platforms on day one. The HD 2D aesthetic of the original game is magnificent on the most powerful systems and shines on the Steam Deck. Octopath Traveler II is more ambitious in scope, and the turn-based JRPG is sure to be a joy to play on Steam Deck from day one. I’ve already pre-ordered this one so I’ll be playing it ASAP.
Koei Tecmo’s Toukiden series is one I loved on PS Vita years ago. With Capcom’s Monster Hunter series finally blowing up with success across the globe thanks to Monster Hunter World, more developers and publishers want to try and cash in on the audience. The EA Originals label is working with Koei Tecmo for Wild Hearts, which aims to be a modern hunting game with some building mechanics. I love the work this team does, so this is a game I’m really looking forward to playing. I also enjoy these types of games on a laptop, so Steam Deck is how I look forward to experiencing Wild Hearts.
Company of Heroes III
I was already excited to see where Relic Company of Heroes would take it for a new entry, but the fact that it’s been announced for consoles already gives me hope that it will handle nicely on the Steam Deck. It looks like the legendary RTS game series will finally offer a modern take on the genre, and I can’t wait to see it in February. Let’s hope the delay allows for a more polished experience at launch.
I can’t wait to see what Valve brings to the Steam Deck with software updates next year, and also how developers start to bring more optimizations to their games for the portable system. In its first year, the Steam Deck has improved drastically since its release and 2023 is likely to be even better. What do you hope to play on Steam Deck in 2023?