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    Steam Deck



    Valve recently announced a new portable gaming device that they claim can play games from your entire Steam library. While I had heard rumours, or perhaps wishes, about a Steam device I really didn't think that they would release one after they abandoned further development on the Steam Link some time ago.

    That same technology has enabled streaming from PC to a mobile/tablet for some time, but only within the LAN so it will be interesting to see if there is enough appeal for portable gaming based on access to Steam's considerable catalogue. While it certainly outspecs the Switch (including the updated version), the cost is much higher, and it's hard to imagine playing it with the position of the controls.

    I was an early adopter of the Steam Link and quite liked it; their novel controller, not so much, but it was innovative and had some useful features. I'm going to play wait and see on this one.


    https://kotaku.com/steam-deck-is-val...cem-1847299762

  2. #2
    https://www.steamdeck.com/en/tech

    One thing that's worth looking at is the storage capacity, while they say that models start at US$399 (or 419€) that version only has 64GB worth of onboard storage. A lot of AAA games the device could play won't fit on that.

    While you can use a micro-SD card, the tech specs specify "high-speed" which is 25MB/s or about 1/16th of the speed of the small version's internal eMMC storage.

  3. #3
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    It looks cool, but I've ended up being disappointed with every piece of Valve hardware I've bought(yeah, all 3 of them), I wrote a twitter thread about it here. I think I've finally learned my lesson and won't be buying this.

  4. #4
    My love for gadgets has me drooling, but I can't see many scenarios where I would use this.

    Yet....still...portable Thief player....hmmm....

  5. #5
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    It looks cool, but I've ended up being disappointed with every piece of Valve hardware I've bought(yeah, all 3 of them), I wrote a twitter thread about it here. I think I've finally learned my lesson and won't be buying this.
    Same. Though I just bought controller and link.

  6. #6
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I'm most interested in the fact that this is a SteamOS / Linux-based device.
    If it becomes popular, the other big game companies (like Epic, GOG, etc.) might finally consider adding a bit more Linux support.

    I like the idea of Linux, but am always held back from actually using it by the fact that so many things I want don't run there.

  7. #7
    ZylonBane
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: ZylonBane
    All these pictures need a human for scale. Just looking at it, I'd assume it's three feet wide and weighs 10 pounds.

    If it's NOT that big, then get ready to bust out your opera glasses to read monitor-sized text on a tablet-sized screen.

  8. #8
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by Nameless Voice View Post
    I like the idea of Linux, but am always held back from actually using it by the fact that so many things I want don't run there.
    Supposedly it comes with a good version of Wine to run Windows games with.

    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    It looks cool, but I've ended up being disappointed with every piece of Valve hardware I've bought(yeah, all 3 of them), I wrote a twitter thread about it here. I think I've finally learned my lesson and won't be buying this.
    Somehow this makes me think it'll actually be good.

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    FYI, less than 15% of Steam games run on Linux. But you can apparently load Windows onto your Steam Deck if you so choose, so problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brethren View Post
    My love for gadgets has me drooling, but I can't see many scenarios where I would use this.

    Yet....still...portable Thief player....hmmm....
    Realistically though, another limitation is controls. It's not going to play nicely with pre-controller-support games, I suspect.

  11. #11
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    Location: Ireland
    Wine Proton lets you play some games, but there are limitations - such as the Windows version of Easy Anti-Cheat (used by a lot of multiplayer games) won't verify on Linux with Wine Proton, so you can't play online.
    (e.g. Vermintide 2 works fine on Linux through Wine Proton, but you can't play it on the official realm because of the anti-cheat.)

    Anyway, I wasn't referring to games so much as the lack of the Epic Launcher on Linux, meaning no UE4 editor (you can compile it yourself, but urgh), no access to Marketplace content... oh, and and no Epic Games, either.



    Quote Originally Posted by ZylonBane View Post
    All these pictures need a human for scale. Just looking at it, I'd assume it's three feet wide and weighs 10 pounds.

    If it's NOT that big, then get ready to bust out your opera glasses to read monitor-sized text on a tablet-sized screen.
    The specs say that the screen is 7 inches, so the screen is smaller than a tablet's, but larger than a phone's.

  12. #12
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    I dunno, would consider this with the dock, be cool to play my steam catalog on the couch in front of a big screen led.

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicked View Post
    Realistically though, another limitation is controls. It's not going to play nicely with pre-controller-support games, I suspect.
    Hopefully it comes with its own control remapping like most emulators.

    I don't have the most confidence in this specific device, going by the responses here, but there really should be some mobile device optimized to play PC games.

    Edit: Oh, it's not licensed for Japan so I couldn't buy it here even if I wanted to.
    Last edited by demagogue; 17th Jul 2021 at 06:17.

  14. #14
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    I can't speak to the implementation, but it does seem like a solid idea.

  15. #15
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I saw some discussion of this being a reference design, so they'll be throwing it open for other manufacturers to make different interpretations of the device - so perhaps those will solve any flaws with the Valve version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Hopefully it comes with its own control remapping like most emulators.
    Steam already has a built-in controller remapping function that lets you rebind any gamepad/keyboard key, accessible in any game by Shift+Tab, then clicking a button in the upper right corner. Pretty handy, I've used it a few times for games that don't have built-in remapping.

  17. #17
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    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    This looks prototypical to me -- uncomfortable, heavy, and ugly. That said, I've barely played any PC games all year because I've gotten so used to the Switch and being able to play away from the TV. It's a good idea, but I'd want to see a nicer design.

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    Looks like there's one fairly useful feature of the Steam Deck: You can technically replace the SSD (even if Valve doesn't want end-users doing so) and all versions use a m.2 slot for it.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/valve-co...-you-to-do-it/

  19. #19
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I'm cautiously stoked about this. I plopped my $5 down to get in on the queue.

  20. #20
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    I would, if only to thwart a single scalper, if it was possible in France.

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