Valve posted an upbeat Steam Deck video on Thursday, announcing that its handheld gaming PC is finally available for pre-order. (Opens in a new tab). The video celebrated the arrival of the Steam Deck dock and OS improvements that make Decks work better with external displays. But game Twitter news Nibellion (Opens in a new tab) The Steam Deck library also saw something surprising in Valve’s video: an icon for the Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator (Opens in a new tab). You can see it above, hanging next to Hades in the list of recent games on the home screen.
After Nibellion’s tweet received a couple of thousand retweets on Friday morning, Valve took down the video and uploaded a new version. (Opens in a new tab) Without seeing Yuzu. Original video (Opens in a new tab) is now set to private.
Valve has long maintained that the Steam Deck is a PC, and therefore yours to customize and use as you see fit. But it’s understandable that the Deck hasn’t been promoted as an emulation device (even though it’s a very, very good one (Opens in a new tab)). Yuzu is legal and open source software, but there’s no way Nintendo is entirely thrilled.
Back in March, when the Steam Deck reviews first landed, Nintendo began issuing DMCA takedowns (Opens in a new tab) YouTube videos showed Nintendo Switch games running on Valve’s handheld. You can find more of these videos on YouTube now, so Nintendo may have made the takedowns easier. However, given that Valve and Nintendo have an amicable relationship to put Portal on Switch, the safe political move here is probably not tacitly supporting Switch emulation on Steam Deck.
I’ve reached out to Valve for comment on the video and will update this story if I hear back.