Only visible for a second or two, but still an unusual detail to find in a Steam Deck marketing material.
The latest trailer for Valve’s portable PC platform, Steam Deck, briefly shows the logo of a Nintendo Switch emulator. Shortly after the detail was discussed on social media, the trailer was removed and replaced with a new version that removes the icon in question.
Below the trailer is a Steam Deck screen showing the latest games. One of the recent games listed is an app called Yuzu. After the trailer was released, Nibel spotted the logo and posted it on Twitter. For those unfamiliar, Yuzu is an open source emulator for Nintendo Switch designed for portability. In other words, it’s a pretty good match for Steam Deck, which is already a powerful emulation machine.
— Nibel (@Nibellion) October 7, 2022
This appears to have been a mistake, as YouTube took the trailer private shortly after noticing the icon and replaced it with a new version (embedded below) that doesn’t feature it. Emulation is still a controversial issue, so it is an unusual detail to pick up on it in the marketing material of a large company. In addition, Nintendo is known to take a punitive approach to piracy and the technologies that enable it. Back in February 2022, accused hacker Gary Bowser was sentenced to 40 months in prison after already paying a $4.5 million fine.
The trailer also touts that customers will no longer be placed on a shipping waiting list after purchasing a Steam deck, an official Valve dock is on the way, and several new software features, including improvements to docked mode, additional languages for the on-screen keyboard, and a more stable offline mode. In September, Valve announced that it was ramping up Steam Decks production, presumably allowing customers to purchase them without an appointment.