Dynamic Cloud Sync makes playing on PC and Steam Deck seamless





A photo of the Steam Deck on a white background with the Steam Store open.

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Valve has announced a big feature for its highly anticipated Steam Deck: cloud saver. The cloud saver option allows players to seamlessly switch from playing on PC, Steam Deck and back again without losing any saved data.

The mobile gaming unit missed its first holiday 2021 release window due to supply chain issues and will now ship on February 25th. Sure, that’s exactly when the first units come out, and since Valve has already split pre-orders into waves, you’ll probably get it a little later, even if you’ve already managed to get a spot.

The save feature, which Valve announced on Tuesday, is called Dynamic Cloud Sync. It promises to be a bridge between traditional PC gaming and the Steam Deck, but it won’t be universal. Developers have to manually add the setting through Steamworks, and it’s unclear how many will, especially at launch. Still, along with the announcement, Valve released detailed instructions on how to do this, so hopefully enough developers will be able to make good use of it in the coming weeks.

“With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload any changed game save data to the cloud before the device goes into sleep mode,” Valve wrote in the announcement. “Users can then resume their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download all game changes when users return to their Steam Deck and wake the device.”

While cloud-saving features have existed on portable consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Sony’s forgotten son, the PlayStation Vita, Valve says Dynamic Cloud Sync will be free. You still need a Switch Online account to access cloud saving on the Nintendo console, which only works between other Switch models.

While Valve says the feature isn’t a requirement for players to enjoy their Deck, they encourage players to take advantage of it to get “the best experience possible.”




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