Valve released a steamy Steam Deck video on Thursday, announcing that its portable gaming PC is finally available to order without reservation. (opens in a new tab). The video also celebrated the arrival of the Steam Deck dock and OS improvements that make the Deck work better with external displays. But gaming Twitter news dog Nibellion (opens in a new tab) also spotted something surprising in the Steam Deck library in Valve’s video: an icon for the Nintendo Switch Yuzu emulator (opens in a new tab). You can see it above, hanging next to Hades in the home screen’s recent games list.
After Nibellion’s tweet received a few thousand retweets Friday morning, Valve removed the video and uploaded a new version. (opens in a new tab) with no Yuzu in sight. The original video (opens in a new tab) is now set to private.
Valve has long maintained that the Steam Deck is a PC, and thus yours to customize and use for whatever software you see fit. But of course it didn’t promote the Deck as an emulation device (even though it’s really, really good). (opens in a new tab)). Yuzu is legal, open-source software, but there isn’t one that Nintendo is exactly thrilled about.
Back in March, when the Steam Deck reviews first landed, Nintendo began issuing DMCA takedowns (opens in a new tab) in YouTube videos that showed Nintendo Switch games running on Valve’s handheld. You can find more of those videos on YouTube now, so Nintendo may have been slow on the removal. However, considering Valve and Nintendo have a friendly enough relationship to put Portal on the Switch, the safe political move here is probably not tacitly endorsing Switch emulation on the Steam Deck.
I’ve reached out to Valve for comment on the video and will update this story if I hear back.