Steam Deck and Linux Gaming

pandasuit wrote:

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.

I was just playing around with that and was wondering if my specific unit had a touchscreen issue or if the touch panel was just really bad. That's good to hear.

My one that came this week doesn't seem to have touchscreen keyboard lag, for what that is worth.

Just received mine last Saturday, but was holding off on diving in fully until the boyfriend got his (had the email the same day, but he took until later that evening to order mine, whereas I immediately ordered). Which means since Monday I've been enjoying putting it through some paces.

Like many have said, I don't necessarily want to sit at a desk with my computer after working all day (though thankfully have the room to have separate desks for some psychological benefit), so it's been nice to have something to play my backlog with that can wander the house.

Currently going through XCOM Chimera Squad, which is a bit fiddly at time with exact movements, but is generally working pretty well.

Saw the new SteamOS beta has resolution options for game mode, and will avoid problematic resolutions and refresh rates from the get go. Huzzah! One step closer to being able to conveniently dock this thing to my TV.

Actually that may have been my last hurdle. Now I just need to decide which dock to buy, or if I should wait for the Valve one to come out...

Robear wrote:

My one that came this week doesn't seem to have touchscreen keyboard lag, for what that is worth.

Have you checked in desktop mode? That is where mine gets bad.

No, not there yet, I thought I was providing a useful data point. Don't even know about "Desktop Mode".

Yeah, the only touchscreen keyboard lag I've had is in desktop mode, where I just default to using the trackpads to type.

It’s my second time getting the notice and money is too tight again. I’m going to give up on the dream. Maybe Steam Deck 2 in the future.

A couple of random game recs:

If you're interested in a great racing game, art of rally is 40% off until tomorrow.

I also started playing Ember Knights with a friend and it's a great Steam Deck game.

There used to be this program for Macs (can't remember if it was for OS 9 or early OS X) called The Mega Man Effect. Whenever you launched an app it would do the Mega Man boss select animation with the icon of the application you had just launched. It ran full screen and completely took over you Mac for like 15 seconds or so. It was so dumb and at the same time so awesome. Basically I'm saying we need a Mega Man startup for Steam Deck.

I’ve tried to follow videos online to either:

1) remote play from my Xbox series X to my steam deck (just goes to a black screen even with fantastic internet connection on same network)

2) try play Xbox game pass through internet explorer (IE does not show up to “add” as a non-steam game).

Neither have worked and I gave up. Anyone else in this boat?

I followed the official instructions from Microsoft and while there were some weird issues at first, they resolved themselves the next time proton updated itself. Aside from some occasional connection lag streaming works great now.

ruhk wrote:

I followed the official instructions from Microsoft and while there were some weird issues at first, they resolved themselves the next time proton updated itself. Aside from some occasional connection lag streaming works great now.

Yeah I've tried their way too. Doesn't work for whatever reason. IE just doesn't show up as an option for me to "add as a non-steam game". I've seen some others have the same problem, but no one ever posts a solution if they found one.

So I've been playing Cyberpunk 2077 with the Steam Deck preset. The one setting I lowered from default was "Ambient occlusion" to whatever the 2nd lowest setting is.

I initially just did it to test how well it runs (non-optimally), but before I knew it, I'm level 17 and halfway through the story quests.

Performance wise, it's chunky and large fights or crowds are pretty choppy. But... it's also a game I find pretty fun in general, and I'm enjoying being able to play it handheld.

My last major playthrough was 1.3, so there's quite a bit different (throwing knives are actually viable now). And playing with mods on the go is pretty great.

I'd almost even recommend it on Deck, if you can tolerate the performance issues.

I will offer the additional caveat that bugs I haven't since since 1.2 popup pretty regularly playing on Steam Deck. Maybe some flaws in CDPR's engine are exacerbated when you can't throw heaps of CPU power at them? T-poses, freezes, graphical glitches, audio glitches, dialogue/cutscenes losing sync, crashes to desktop, crashes of the entire system.

If you've already played Cyberpunk on nextgen or PC with a decent GPU, the Steam Deck's performance is "good enough" for a replay. If you've never played it before, I'd still recommend playing it on a decent setup so you get more of an idea of the game "as intended".

Not sure I’d pay for it but it looks cool. I like the magnetically attached stand.

Apparently the magnetic stand can cause issues with the fan in some Deck units

Dbrand’s Steam Deck case is so good it almost makes you forget its big flaw - The Verge

Antichulius wrote:

Apparently the magnetic stand can cause issues with the fan in some Deck units

Dbrand’s Steam Deck case is so good it almost makes you forget its big flaw - The Verge

Wow. That’s a huge flaw.

Boot videos are now an official thing!!!

Steam Deck Client Beta Update: Boot videos, external resolutions, and more
Note: This update is for the Steam Deck Beta and Preview channels, and includes new features that are still being tested. You can opt into this in Settings > System > Steam Update Channel.

Note: This update was re-released to fix the "Automatically Set Resolution" toggle from incorrectly showing when not on the Preview Channel.

It's been great to see all the community activity around custom boot videos, so we made a couple updates to make this a bit easier to do. The new folder location below will be a safer place to save your video files, and they won't be wiped with every Steam update.

Custom boot videos
Steam Deck will now look for custom boot and suspend animations in steamui/overrides/movies/. Please note that you'll need to create this folder first.
Play custom boot animations in full screen

General
Fixed issue with startup haptics
Resolution: applies to Preview Channel only
Added a toggle allowing Steam Deck to automatically control the display resolution for external displays. When toggled on, Steam Deck will automatically adjust the resolution for best performance on higher resolution displays.

See, that's the kind of behavior I like to see from a major console/game company. Don't stamp out innocent fun that users are having; embrace it!

Yeah I feel like any other company would have shut that down, and then shoehorned it into their marketplace. (Although honestly if they did that it'd be great for me to finally have something to spend my 90,000 steam points on)

While I don't disagree with the sentiment there is probably a significant legal difference. Steamdeck is a PC, running Linux, that comes frontloaded with Steam UI. I don't know what their official stance on it is but that is what all the reviews reported and why I purchased one.

Hacks on the console are usually bypassing antitampering protections and EULAs. I imagine those are usually in place because consoles are sold close to cost or at a slight loss.

And it seems Valve has leaned into people treating it as a fully reconfigurable Linux box. Which is an excellent stance. Saves them money and makes them money, too. People love messing around with hardware and software, at least the target folks for this product (tech-savvy adults with disposable cash).