Ahead of the game’s release later today, Insomniac Games has confirmed that Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will be playable on Steam Deck and is officially verified for the platform.
This is great news given how the original game’s development was a somewhat marketing campaign for Sony’s PS5 SSD. If you recall, Sony harped on about how important the PS5 SSD was in order to create Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. The company claimed multiple times that the game was not possible without the console’s unique SSD architecture.
This has since been debunked as already a few years ago when Sony unlocked expandable SSD storage on the console, the game ran just fine on a slower SSD than the built-in unit. It was then revealed that Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart can even run on a mechanical HDD when the PC system requirements went live.
So with all this information essentially proving the SSD in the PS5 to be pretty approachable, the Steam Deck verification is just another point that proves it.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will support Steam Deck controller icons, all accessible settings, the in-game interface and the default graphics settings run on the system too.
Now, we just need to brace ourselves and hope Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart releases without any major issues. Sony’s last PC release, The Last of Us Part I didn’t. In fact, the game was Steam Deck Verified at first but then lost the stamp of approval. This was after the game suffered from some of the worst performance issues and bugs we have seen since Cyberpunk 2077.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is Steam Deck Verified! ✅
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) July 25, 2023