Returnal PC port resurfaces with apparent Steam Deck support


There are rumors abound about the possibility of Returnal appearing on PC, and the latest further reignites the possible port.

Earlier this year, a new entry was placed on SteamDB which has some people convinced the roguelike shooter will be appearing on PC before too long. The listing had the listing tags: bullet hell, sci-fi, female protagonist and roguelike.

Most recently, news that got people’s heads turning was that the SteamDB listing added a very interesting update. This update shows that Oregon will most likely be Steam Deck compatible.

This should not be much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to how Sony has been handling its PC ports to Steam. They have been making sure that each title does appear to be compliant to run on the Steam Deck and have been successful on that front.

The ability to play Horizon: Zero Dawn or God of War while lying in bed is a temping one, and the quick-paced, short burst gameplay of Returnal seems like it would be a no brainer on the Steam Deck.

It is important to acknowledge that Sony has not announced Returnal officially coming to PC as of yet, so this is all still rumor and speculation. It would be our guess that may be because Sony is focusing on the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PC, which launches in just a few short weeks.

That being said, this is not the first time that news of a Returnal PC port has been floating around.  In early June, a Reddit user, “EmpressofSony” posted screenshots that they claimed to be of the PC build from the game showing in game PC graphics and control options.

It seems that we will have to wait and see whether or not Sony follows through with the rumors and officially announces the game after Spider-Man launches on August 12.

Returnal launched on PlayStation 5 on April 30, 2021 to immediate fan and critic praise. It has won seven awards, including Best Action Game at the 2021 Game Awards, as well as being nominated for 15 more awards.

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Tyler was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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