The cult game Half-Life 2 will receive an update to be 100% compatible with Steam Deck

Half-Life 2 is about to receive a major update. Along with long-standing bug fixes, it should ensure full compatibility with the Steam Deck console.

While some still hope for a Half-Life 3, Valve would prepare a big update for … Half-Life 2, released in 2004, but which continues to benefit fromfairly extensive software monitoring. At this time, this update has not been officially announced on the game’s page accessible on Steam. But YouTuber Tyler McVicker – over 350,000 counted subscribers – spotted several enhancements available in beta form. He shared his discovery in a video posted on October 19.

Valve specialist Tyler McVicker talks about “ Half-Life 2’s biggest update in a decade “. If some are wondering about the timing, the answer is easy to find: the company is preparing to launch a portable console at the end of the year – the Steam Deck. And some improvements applied to Half-Life 2 will allow the cult game to run better on the platform.

Half-Life should run flawlessly on the Steam Deck

Valve would therefore take advantage of the imminent arrival of the Steam Deck to refresh Half-Life 2. In his tests, Tyler McVicker pinpointed several notable developments: long-standing bugs finally fixed, an increase in the field of view (110 degrees) or the addition of compatibility with UltraWide screens (ultra wide). He also noted some changes to the interface. In short, the developers are preparing to modernize Half-Life 2, so that it adapts a little better to today’s machines.

This update also brings compatibility with Vulkan, the programming interface that allows video games to run better on Linux-based operating systems (as is the case for the Steam Deck). In short, Valve seeks to offer the best possible experience to those who want to (re) play Half-Life 2 on the portable console. We imagine that the shooter will be entitled to its small ‘Compatible’ label, as desired the certification system introduced by the company to provide information on how titles work on Steam Deck. Valve must lead by example by ensuring that its in-house catalog runs smoothly.

Half-Life 2 // Source : Valve

Note however that these various additions are currently only available in beta (Tyler McVicker noted some technical issues, pending the real update). This means that certain improvements could be removed at the last minute, if they prove to be causing certain problems. One thing nevertheless seems certain and certain: the compatibility ofHalf-Life 2 sur Steam Deck.

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