Valve has announced a big feature for its much-anticipated Steam Deck: cloud savings. The option to save to the cloud will allow players to seamlessly switch from playing on PC, the Steam Deck, and back again without losing any saved data.
The mobile game unit missed its first holiday 2021 release deadline due to supply chain problems and will now begin shipping on February 25th. Of course, that’s just when the earliest units will be available, and since Valve has split pre-orders into batches, you’ll probably get them. a little later even if you’ve already secured a spot.
The save feature, which Valve announced Tuesday, is called Dynamic Cloud Sync. It promises to be the bridge between traditional PC gaming and the Steam Deck, but it won’t be universal. Developers have to manually add settings through Steamworks, and it’s unclear how many there are, especially at launch. However, Valve has released detailed instructions on how to do so along with the announcement, so hopefully enough developers will be able to take advantage of it over the next few weeks.
“With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload all modified saved game data to the cloud before the device goes to sleep,” Valve wrote in the announcement. “Users can then continue their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download any game save changes when the user returns to their Steam Deck and wakes the device.
While cloud-saving features already exist on handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Sony’s forgotten child PlayStation Vita, Valve says Dynamic Cloud Sync will be free. You still need a Switch Online account to access the cloud save feature on Nintendo consoles, which only works among other Switch models.
While Valve says the feature is not a requirement players have to enjoy from their Deck, it does advise players to take advantage of it for the “best possible experience”.
https://kotaku.com/valve-steam-deck-cloud-saving-sync-1848426439 Dynamic Cloud Sync for Seamless Play on PC and Steam Deck