Steam Deck and Linux Gaming

Chaz wrote:

So far, my experience with Heroic hasn't been great. After they updated it to let you actually download games from Epic, that part started working. But so far, the handful of games I've tried have had issues. With all of them, I had to do fiddling around to even get them to launch. They all would just fail silently, or with a vague error about Wine. I had some luck following a troubleshooting suggestion to change the wine/proton version and immediately changing it back, which mostly got some working, but sometimes only in desktop mode. Despite being added to Steam, I don't think any of them will launch via Steam, just via Heroic. I've only gotten one to recognize controller input, the rest only worked when I switched the controls to mouse and keyboard mode.

I'll probably keep tinkering a bit, but I'm definitely finding myself thinking that this'd just be simpler if I got the Steam version.

Interesting. I just tried it with Inside and found it to be a smooth experience. Didn't have to muck with proton or controls or anything. And Heroic had an option to automatically add it to the steam library which was very convenient. But now I'm guessing I just got lucky with the game I picked

My enjoyment of this device continues to grow!

I noticed that Epic Games had "The Captain" as a free game this week so I decided to look up how easily I could get their game store working on the Deck. It took 2-3 minutes. Just wonderful

I have been conditioned by the Apple closed garden to think that getting items sold (not made by just sold by) another company is about impossible. It is nice to see that Valve is not like that.

My notification just popped up on my desktop behind my browser! Also had a yellow bar alert in Steam itself. So shipping might be a week or so?

I *reserved* on April 25th.

I ordered on a Thursday afternoon and got it the following Wednesday.
Thanks for the heads up about heroic adding to steam library, didn't notice that.

When I first tried Heroic on Deck a while ago I had to fiddle with every game to get it to work. It seems a lot easier now. I still have issues getting some GoG games working but have found the trick is to just download the offline version directly from GoG and run that on Deck through Steam without Heroic.

Just got this one working

The forum software hates embedding iframes I guess There is the link.

https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamDeck/c...

I cancelled my 256 order. Everything is so expensive here in the UK, it felt hard to justify. Prices are going crazy here. Apart from that, I also thought it'd pay for about four years of gamepass.

Hopefully a V2 will have better specs and either cheaper or not much more expensive.

1Dgaf wrote:

I cancelled my 256 order. Everything is so expensive here in the UK, it felt hard to justify. Prices are going crazy here. Apart from that, I also thought it'd pay for about four years of gamepass.

Hopefully a V2 will have better specs and either cheaper or not much more expensive.

Yea I let mine expire and got refunded as well. I signed up for it before I got a Switch and well I actually really like the Switch and think it will fill the portable gaming hole I was looking to fill quite nicely.

I think it is often logical to not spend the money on the first generation of stuff.

Personally I didn't have a gaming PC anymore so it made a bit more sense but I expect - considering the positive reception it has gotten - that we will see a lot of handheld PCs in the future.

farley3k wrote:

I think it is often logical to not spend the money on the first generation of stuff.

Personally I didn't have a gaming PC anymore so it made a bit more sense but I expect - considering the positive reception it has gotten - that we will see a lot of handheld PCs in the future.

As someone who has spec’d out a PC recently that doesn’t really want to sit at a desk after “coming home” from my remote day job as a software engineer, I think it finally clicked that the Steam Deck is kinda where I’d like to be able to play. I don’t need a high end rig, I just want to be able to enjoy stuff. As it is, I have a Series X and a Switch hooked up, and the warm reception that the Steam Deck has received is going to make it a nice addition.

Honestly I've played my deck non-stop since I've gotten it. It's just... everything I ever wanted and has allowed me to get back into PC gaming where the possibilities are endless and I always have something I want to do. I still love my consoles, and my old gaming laptop, but all of them are easily dwarfed by my engagement with this thing. I spent a pretty penny on it too but in my case its probably the best thing I've bought all year so its been worth it to me.

jamos5 wrote:

Honestly I've played my deck non-stop since I've gotten it. It's just... everything I ever wanted and has allowed me to get back into PC gaming where the possibilities are endless and I always have something I want to do. I still love my consoles, and my old gaming laptop, but all of them are easily dwarfed by my engagement with this thing. I spent a pretty penny on it too but in my case its probably the best thing I've bought all year so its been worth it to me.

Me too - of course it has been Metroid Prime all the time but dang it is fun.

Also I am beefing up my steam wish list so I am ready for their next sale.

Oh one last thing - just a rant. To get remote play working from the PS5 I need my 64-bit PSN ID which is not my normal one. A script I found on Reddit says it will do that but it fails all the time. It is very frustrating that Sony makes it so hard. They should happily give out that information (or not require it in the first place) They should want people playing as many Sony games as they can - it is profit for them.

@farley3k

Did you find a good guide for emulator installation, ROM files, and how to get everything working? If so do you mind posting or PMing?

Has anyone tried one of those tablet arms for holding a Steam Deck up in the air above a coffee table or bed? Do you think those would support the weight and be stable? I don’t own one or I’d try it. Worst case I can get one on Amazon and return if it doesn’t work out.

A monitor arm would be strong enough but too “permanent”. A portable external monitor might work ok but won’t be high enough on my coffee table. Yeah it’s a handheld but sometimes I want to play something that’s more convenient with controls other than the Deck ones.

I hadn't really anticipated this one particular psychological benefit of the Steam Deck: my gaming PC is also a work PC, and nowadays I can't spend too much time playing games on that rig before I start to feel guilty that I'm not actually using my time to accomplish something. The Steam Deck is guilt-free, baby!

Podunk wrote:

I hadn't really anticipated this one particular psychological benefit of the Steam Deck: my gaming PC is also a work PC, and nowadays I can't spend too much time playing games on that rig before I start to feel guilty that I'm not actually using my time to accomplish something. The Steam Deck is guilt-free, baby!

One reason I bit the bullet and bought my Steam Deck was actually for a similar reason. Except I don't feel guilty about it at all.

It's just that because I work remotely, I spend 8 hours a day at my desk already. Once I clock out, I don't want to spend my free time there too.

So the Steam Deck has been perfect for that so far.

I bought it in case my meds failed and I ended up in the hospital or a chemo suite. Although now I know that when I do chemo, it'll be with ice mittens on my hands, so... that's a thing...

I'm gonna enjoy it anyway.

Robear wrote:

I bought it in case my meds failed and I ended up in the hospital or a chemo suite. Although now I know that when I do chemo, it'll be with ice mittens on my hands, so... that's a thing...

I'm gonna enjoy it anyway. :-)

Ice mittens? I don't think my Reynaud's syndrome like fingers could deal. Hopefully the meds are working as intended.

I put in the 512 drive off eBay I posted earlier and it worked slightly smooth. The hardware definitely feels more like a PC than a console or phone. After imaging I had to force power cycle it a few times for it to boot. There were a couple other hiccups but after that it has been smooth sailing.

The ice mittens are to reduce blood flow to the extremities, since the nerves are damaged mostly from the ends back during chemo. They don't heal anything, they are just preventive. I'm nervous about it myself but hey, it's not time to worry about it yet.

My Deck arrived! It's downloading Steam now, for some reason - why is that not installed by default? - and I've got that 1TB SDCX card someone recommended a few weeks ago ready to go. Many of my games are "verified", and with this I may be able to explore twin stick shooters too.

Yeah, it did a lot of updating when I first got mine. Even more when I replaced the SSD!

I'm still trying to figure out what will work best or not. I have high hopes for Pixel Junk Shooter Ultimate.

Oh man, Cloudpunk is Verified! I think I'll try that first.

The verified/unsupported thing can be kind of misleading. I wanted to try WH40k Daemonhunters, but it was listed as unsupported because it "cannot be configured to run well". Turns out it works fine, but the frame rate usually hangs out around 20fps. That's not great, but since it's a turn based game, doesn't actually matter much. It sure does chew through the battery though.

The verified/unsupported are mostly there to make it easy for people that have no intention of tinkering or trying anything that doesn’t just work. The console experience if you will. That’s a completely valid user base and it’s great they are making things easier for them but it’s certainly not all of us. I’ve been playing games that were either unsupported or unknown. I also often disagree with the settings and controls they’ve chosen for verified games I play. Yeah they just work without tinkering but I’m fine tinkering to make them work the way I want them to work.

ProtonDB has more comprehensive coverage of compatibly than the built-in system and often has tips on how to address issues that exist.

Also in my experience installing the community Proton version fixes like 80% of the problems that many games have.

I'm gonna start with the vanilla experience and go for smoosh-ins later.

Robear wrote:

I'm gonna start with the vanilla experience and go for smoosh-ins later. :-)

Bwahaha. The number of Roguelikes (among other genres) that are playable on the Deck begs to differ. Sooner rather than later, you will tinker, you will mod ,and you will do so with a smile on your face.

Just got my email to buy one of the bad boys. Now it's time to agonize on whether I pull the trigger or not...

Edit: There, it's ordered. I guess I can sell it if I don't like it. We'll see how long it takes for it to reach Canada!

bobbywatson wrote:

Just got my email to buy one of the bad boys. Now it's time to agonize on whether I pull the trigger or not...

Edit: There, it's ordered. I guess I can sell it if I don't like it. We'll see how long it takes for it to reach Canada!

Took less than a week to arrive in Western Canada for me

pandasuit wrote:
bobbywatson wrote:

Just got my email to buy one of the bad boys. Now it's time to agonize on whether I pull the trigger or not...

Edit: There, it's ordered. I guess I can sell it if I don't like it. We'll see how long it takes for it to reach Canada!

Took less than a week to arrive in Western Canada for me

Probably at least a week to make it to the Eastern part then... Hope I get it before my trip on Thanksgiving weekend.

Looks like the latest SteamOS beta improves the onscreen keyboard performance in desktop mode. Hopefully that makes it to stable soon. Not running beta myself.