Steam Deck will use Steam Workshop for mods

Steam Deck will have “built-in” mod support just like Steam does with its Workshop.

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After years of being able to modify our games to their liking, many PC gamers would understandably find it difficult to revert to the restrictions of “vanilla” gaming. Popular titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4, and even newer games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Resident Evil Village have modding scenes so vibrant that it would be hard to imagine the fanbase without them.

Thankfully, according to an interview with IGN, Valve is fully aware of this and won’t be moving you away from your 100 mod version of Skyrim anytime soon, as the next Steam Deck will have “built-in” mod support, including through its own Steam Workshop. .

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When asked what the Steam Deck would be capable of, Valve’s Greg Coomer explained that he would be able to do “whatever you expect from a PC” – modding included. When asked about modding in particular, he and coder Pierre-Loup Griffais explained that in addition to downloading mods like you would on a PC, there will also be built-in methods for modifying games, like via Steam’s own. Valve Workshop.

“The version of Steam that runs on this is the same version of Steam just adapted with a different user interface and control,” Griffais explains. “So all of that functionality, that team workshop, and all that built-in mod support will be there as well.”

Steam Workshop is a feature used by many games on the platform, which gives modders another way to share their creations and makes it easy for newcomers to download them. Released in 2012, it now hosts mods for hugely popular PC games like Skyrim, Dota 2, and Team Fortress 2.

As the buzz around the Steam Deck continues, it’s unclear exactly when we’ll get one in our hands. The 64GB model is targeting a launch in early 2022, with higher-performing models to follow shortly thereafter. Anyone interested can reserve one for themselves – a method used to combat scalpers.

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