On March 14, Valve published a list of the 100 most popular games on the Steam Deck portable PC in the second year after the device's release. The role-playing game Baldur's Gate 3 took the top spot in this ranking. Previously, in November 2023, the game had held the leadership position among Steam Deck users for three consecutive months.

The success of Baldur's Gate 3, including on Valve's portable platform, is not surprising. The game, developed by Larian Studios, has received high critical and player ratings for its deep storyline, well-developed characters, and engaging gameplay. Additionally, the Steam Deck version was optimized for convenient control on the portable device. Players note that the success of Baldur's Gate 3 on the Steam Deck demonstrates the potential of portable gaming devices.

Baldur's Gate 3 KarlachImage: EnsiplayMany developers are now paying more attention to optimizing their games, which opens up new opportunities for expanding their audience and increasing sales. It is possible that the market for portable gaming devices will actively develop in the near future, and the Steam Deck and its competitors will become an important part of the gaming industry.

The popularity of the Steam Deck continues to grow. Valve launched sales of the portable PC on February 25, 2022, at prices starting from $399. Over the past year, the device has gained recognition among gamers due to the ability to run most games from the Steam library in a portable format. 

In November 2023, the company introduced an improved OLED model of the Steam Deck with a higher-quality screen, increased memory capacity, and a number of other improvements. The price of this version starts at $549.

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