The Last of Us PC version has been facing a lot of issues with poor performance and frequent crashes, and Naughty Dog, the game’s developer has confirmed that they are prioritising fixes for this version rather than making it compatible with Steam Deck. In a recent tweet, Naughty Dog’s official account mentioned that the company will be releasing a new hotfix for The Last of Us Part I on PC tomorrow, Tuesday, and a patch on Friday. Although many gamers have been eagerly waiting for the PC version to work on the Steam Deck, Naughty Dog said that they are focused on bringing improvements to the game first before submitting it for verification.

The Last of Us Part I has faced severe issues on Steam Deck, with extremely low frame rates on the lowest settings. However, before release, both Neil Druckmann, the co-president of Naughty Dog, and Valve, have stated that the game would be playable on the Steam Deck. Druckmann mentioned in a tweet that “Ellie and Joel will grace the Steam Deck, don’t worry,” while Valve used the game to promote the handheld in a new promotional image on the Steam Deck website. The image showed a montage of games running on the system, including The Last of Us Part I alongside the likes of Hades, No Man’s Sky, and Stray.

Despite these hints, the game is yet to be officially Steam Deck verified, and it’s unclear when the compatibility with the system would be achieved. Naughty Dog assured gamers that they would keep them updated about the status of The Last of Us Part I on the Steam Deck as they continue to improve the PC version of the game. In the meantime, gamers can expect a hotfix to be available for the PC version tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that.

Overall, it’s good to see developers focused on improving their games, and Naughty Dog’s choice to prioritise PC fixes over Steam Deck compatibility is undoubtedly a sensible decision. While we all wait for the gaming experience to improve on all platforms, gamers can continue to enjoy The Last of Us Part I on PC and await updates on its Steam Deck compatibility.

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