Steam Deck and Linux Gaming

There also now RetroDeck, though I haven't looked into it, yet.

Got my 512GB a week ago Sunday, and I've been mostly playing Stardew Valley on it to get myself used to non-Nintendo controls. I played a couple hours of Stray, and haven't done any of the fancy modding yet. I'll have to catch up on the thread now that I actually have the device.

New SteamDeck update (3.3). Seems like a big one!

Changelist is pretty long, but these stood out to me:

  • Added Achievements page to overlay (while in-game press Steam button)
  • Added Guides page to overlay (while in-game press Steam button)
  • Added an option to scale the Steam Deck user interface for external displays
  • Added a toggle for automatic scaling of the Steam Deck user interface for external displays

The last two in particular seem like they'll fix the 4k TV performances issues I mentioned in my previous post. Thanks a lot Valve!

omni wrote:
Lester_King wrote:

Those items are still on their way, though. If you're interested I'll share my findings.

Again - I may have obsessed over this a bit...

I am most definitely interested, but I may have plomped for one myself in the mean time (it can always go back). I had read about the power consumption of the hub itself, presumably that depends what you have plugged into it. And like you say, the charter itself. 65w charger + hub might just scrape the 45w pass-through that the deck is expecting, so I would likely look into the 100w range, but that pushes the cost up too.

Thankfully this would just be for my deck, and only when I have it connected at my desk when setting up something new, I wouldn't have it docked for gaming use etc.

Do you mind letting me know what you end up going with in terms of a charger and hub, Omni, on the basis that whatever you source will probably be something based in the UK ?

I got FFXIV running on the SteamDeck.

My God, this system is incredible. Not only does it run Saturn games crystal perfect, but there's an open source FFXIV launcher that takes less than an hour to get running.

davet010 wrote:

Do you mind letting me know what you end up going with in terms of a charger and hub, Omni, on the basis that whatever you source will probably be something based in the UK ?

I decided to just go for something on the cheaper end for now, until I find out my actual needs. I need something just now for connecting keyboard/mouse/USB sticks while I faff about with how I want it configured. Ethernet would be beneficial but not a must, and Display out would be good, but definitely not my priority.

So I went for one that has 100w Power-passthrough, 'Gigabit' Ethernet, enough USB ports, and HDMI out - but not caring about 4k60Hz, I wont be using this thing docked for anything other than config/tinkering. Gaming will be handheld mode. If you are wanting to use this thing in anger while docked, or for whatever reason run it at 4k 60Hz, then this wont be the dock for you.

I went with this one, should be here tomorrow so I will report back: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083H7ZVPJ

I also went for a couple of the right-angled USBC connectors so that the USB cable isn't shooting straight up from the device: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...

I haven't yet decided on a charger... 65w *should* be enough for my needs - Power the device which I'm tinkering and have the USB devices connected. It seems most USBC hubs take about the 15w mentioned above, so that would leave 50w being passed through to the deck, which is more than the 45w it craves.

omni wrote:

I also went for a couple of the right-angled USBC connectors so that the USB cable isn't shooting straight up from the device: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...

Oh, good call! I didn't realize there were right-angle adapters for an existing cable. Imma have to get one for myself, too.

I am selling my 512GB version for cost over in the trading thread if anyone is interested:

https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/...

Yeah, you get 90degree that go backwards, too. You even get '180' connectors that flip up and over, but I'm not sure if they will be wide enough to enable plugging things in behind the Deck.

I went with sideways and a twist in the hope that it will be a bit more secure. I did consider that if you make the connecting cable go out to the right, it would cover the power button, so it will likely need to point to the left.

USBC is bidirectional omni-directional though, so right/left shouldn't matter, right?

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

And yes, correct. No more USB insertion paradox

Nimcosi wrote:
Balthezor wrote:

Steam Deck should arrived Friday.

Any must have accessories, games, etc.

Thanks all.

If you have a friend with a 3d printer ask them to kindly print you a dock from one of the many, many available models (and if needed purchase a nice USB-C adapter).

I used this model for my needs (small, easy to attach existing adapter, cooling, ease of print).

If you have no friends (ha! or no friends with a 3d printer), PM me and we can work something out.

I would also suggest printing a power adapter case holder. I like this model for its ease of use/simplicity.

Hopped onto Etsy to see if I could find the insert since I have no access to 3D printing- no dice. I did find some really fun skins though.

Aperture

Half-Life

I'll keep looking to see if I see that insert, though, seems handy.

Also, and sorry if this is question is considered too pedantic- other than worrying about enough juice for any gaming session, what is the rule of thumb for either re-charging or keeping this charged all the time? Is it better for battery life to uncharge when complete? Once I play with the device (which just arrived today), is it better to wait until the charge is all but gone before recharging? Or does it not even matter?

I read somewhere that the deck switches to a circuit that doesn’t involve the battery once it is charged to full power. So you can leave plugged in all you want without having to worry about the battery.

As for charging, someone probably knows better than me, but I heard for a phone battery you basically get a certain number of charges you can do before it starts deteriorating the battery. So it’s better to use as much as you can before charging. Although it probably doesn’t matter all that much since they made it really easy to replace the battery on this thing if it ever does go bad

jamos5 wrote:

Although it probably doesn’t matter all that much since they made it really easy to replace the battery on this thing if it ever does go bad

I was under the impression that the battery in the Deck was fairly difficult to replace.

My understanding is that while it is not easy to replace due to glue, it is much easier then most because the process of getting to the battery is alot easier then most electronics.

davet010 wrote:

Do you mind letting me know what you end up going with in terms of a charger and hub, Omni, on the basis that whatever you source will probably be something based in the UK ?

It arrived a little bit ago. It's really quite petite, though has a little weight behind it:

IMAGE(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/782240255293390849/1004763162517704734/IMG_20220804_154846.jpg)

I've just plugged it in with the standard 45w charger that came with the deck so far. I'll just leave it sitting and see it the battery discharges while in this configuration, while the deck is just idling. If not, then for my use case it is likely fine as is, I am unlikely to be gaming while it's connected.

With the right-angled connector in place and the size of the hub itself, You could probably fairly easily velcro it to the back of the deck and it wouldn't be in the way of fans or finger placement for the paddle buttons.

Certainly beats the small, ancient USB2 Hub, with a dirt cheap USB A to C convertor that didn't stay on, and no power-passthrough configuration I have been using

omni wrote:
davet010 wrote:

Do you mind letting me know what you end up going with in terms of a charger and hub, Omni, on the basis that whatever you source will probably be something based in the UK ?

It arrived a little bit ago. It's really quite petite, though has a little weight behind it:

I've just plugged it in with the standard 45w charger that came with the deck so far. I'll just leave it sitting and see it the battery discharges while in this configuration, while the deck is just idling. If not, then for my use case it is likely fine as is, I am unlikely to be gaming while it's connected.

With the right-angled connector in place and the size of the hub itself, You could probably fairly easily velcro it to the back of the deck and it wouldn't be in the way of fans or finger placement for the paddle buttons.

Certainly beats the small, ancient USB2 Hub, with a dirt cheap USB A to C convertor that didn't stay on, and no power-passthrough configuration I have been using :)

As mentioned up-thread if you have access to a 3d printer you can print out a stand and attach a dock to it.

Like so:
IMAGE(https://i.postimg.cc/659kqzgg/IMG-dd.jpg)

Alternatively, you could purchase a "Steam Deck" stand with a built-in dock, like this (which also supports an upside down Switch):

IMAGE(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61nJmlB99KL._AC_SX679_.jpg)

Nimcosi wrote:

Alternatively, you could purchase a "Steam Deck" stand with a built-in dock, like this (which also supports an upside down Switch):

IMAGE(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61nJmlB99KL._AC_SX679_.jpg)

Is the main use case for this just for folks who want to play the game on the deck and push it to their tv? That seems to be the case, just curious if I'm missing anything else in all of the dock talk.

Or maybe they just want a nice and tidy place to store their Deck while keeping it charged for on-the-go. Anything else (HDMI out, USB ports) is gravy.

Also if you're dropping to the desktop, it's very nice to have a keyboard /mouse and external display.

Orphu wrote:

Also if you're dropping to the desktop, it's very nice to have a keyboard /mouse and external display.

Wait... wouldn't that be using the Steam client with extra steps?

Orphu wrote:

Also if you're dropping to the desktop, it's very nice to have a keyboard /mouse and external display.

I like how the Deck can stand in as the only gaming machine for people if they want. For me it's nice to be able to easily plug it into any TV in my house and have a big screen experience when I want it. I don't use it at my desk with my monitors but at a TV for sure and sometimes using one of those Logitech K400 keyboard/touch combos in addition to a controller. I did confirm it could play 120fps/hz esports games on a nice monitor just out of curiosity about whether it could stand in as a good enough PC for someone who wants to get into esports but only has a Deck. I use a much smaller usb-c dock than this one currently because my use case is more about mobility than having somewhere to stand my Deck up.

If you're new to Deck here's a set of quick tips from Gaming on Linux to get you up to speed on a few things

sometimesdee wrote:
Orphu wrote:

Also if you're dropping to the desktop, it's very nice to have a keyboard /mouse and external display.

Wait... wouldn't that be using the Steam client with extra steps?

Oh sure, if you're playing games that way. Or, if you're messing around with the underlying OS, installing stuff, futzing with emulators, generally mucking about. That sort of thing.

omni wrote:
Lester_King wrote:

Those items are still on their way, though. If you're interested I'll share my findings.

Again - I may have obsessed over this a bit...

I am most definitely interested, but I may have plomped for one myself in the mean time (it can always go back). I had read about the power consumption of the hub itself, presumably that depends what you have plugged into it. And like you say, the charter itself. 65w charger + hub might just scrape the 45w pass-through that the deck is expecting, so I would likely look into the 100w range, but that pushes the cost up too.

Thankfully this would just be for my deck, and only when I have it connected at my desk when setting up something new, I wouldn't have it docked for gaming use etc.

OK - I was definitely over-thinking this and found an issue with my own network that really drew this whole thing out...

The Anker hub I linked above definitely does support gigabit. The cheaper hub I ordered works perfectly, too. I tried out the 100w charger and both hubs and the draw even while gaming and\or downloading never breaks 45w.

So - looks like whatever cheap USBC hub and the stock charger will really do you just fine. I'm using a 65W charger I already had and everything is working perfectly, I can swap my laptop or steamdeck in\out and all the accessories shift dynamically.