Steam Deck and Linux Gaming

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Not too shabby, as I played as least as much on Game Pass.

edit: fixed image tags. Also: 57% of game time via Steam was on the Deck.

I've never used EmuDeck. Can anyone PM me where is a good place to get games?

I wish more game were available on ubuntu (linux)

Darkhaund wrote:

I wish more game were available on ubuntu (linux)

What, you need more than DCSS?! Blasphemy!

Darkhaund wrote:

I wish more game were available on ubuntu (linux)

Are you already using Proton to run Windows games on there through Steam and other launchers? Lutris?

Last time I tried to game on Ubuntu it went pretty well as long as I got the proper video card drivers working but it's been quite a while since I did that.

Well, thanks to my 6yo discovering and taking over the Switch, I've now joined the Steam Deck club. Pretty neat device. So far I've only installed Midnight Suns, Civ VI, and Slay the Spire in preparation for an upcoming work trip, but it feels like this could really increase the number of games I play this year since over the last year I've found it harder to come back down to the office in the evening after spending all day here.

bilt721,

Welcome! How is Midnight Suns on the Deck?

Enjoy!

chooka1 wrote:

How is Midnight Suns on the Deck?

I bought a Deck last December, and of the 3-4 games I immediately tried on it, Midnight Suns was the one that took over my life (and it was my second time playing it). I think its Deck experience is as close to flawless as you could ask for.

Has anyone played Civilization VI or Anno 1800 on the deck? How was that experience in terms of accessing menus and reading text?

beanman101283 wrote:

Has anyone played Civilization VI or Anno 1800 on the deck? How was that experience in terms of accessing menus and reading text?

Civ VI is one of the reasons to get a Deck.

I've been enjoying cult of the lamb on deck, no issues so far and a good game.

I've been playing Midnight Suns on my LCD Deck, and the only complaint I have is that I can't get more than 1.5-2 hours on a single charge while playing it.

ubrakto wrote:
chooka1 wrote:

How is Midnight Suns on the Deck?

I bought a Deck last December, and of the 3-4 games I immediately tried on it, Midnight Suns was the one that took over my life (and it was my second time playing it). I think its Deck experience is as close to flawless as you could ask for.

Agreed. Works pretty well. I just keep going in and wanting to get to a battle only to be stuck in the hub world trying to check my superhero socials.

Ended up getting hooked on Tainted Grail Conquest when I wanted a game to get in, have a couple of strategic battles that have some deck mechanics, then get out.

The things I would do for a version of Midnight Suns that did not involve any roaming of the Abbey.

ubrakto wrote:

The things I would do for a version of Midnight Suns that did not involve any roaming of the Abbey.

But then you would miss out on the swimsuit physics!! /s

I would probably rebuy Suns again if I could transfer my save off my PS5.

Spring sale so head over and see if everything on your wish list is on sale (mine is)

chooka1 wrote:

bilt721,

Welcome! How is Midnight Suns on the Deck?

Enjoy!

As others have said, it’s great. With 2 caveats: 1) A solid 30fps is fine for me, but I could see it bothering people who are more sensitive to framerates, though they may not be the target audience for a steam deck in the first place and 2) Cards with a lot of text are almost impossible to read. But there aren’t a lot of those and ‘almost impossible’ isn’t impossible.

billt721 wrote:

1) A solid 30fps is fine for me, but I could see it bothering people who are more sensitive to framerates, though they may not be the target audience for a steam deck in the first place

I'm an unabashed framerate guy, one of those types that owns a 240hz monitor, but turn-based tactics games are a genre where basically nothing is lost by going down to 30hz. Which is one reason they're one of the perfect genres for PC handhelds.

I'm considering a Steam Deck for use in the living room and in our camper. I do not like playing in hand-held so 99% of its use would be through a non-4K TV.

Are there any hiccups I should know about using it docked? I prefer the PS5 (or PS4) controller. Does the Deck support those?

-BEP

Deck works great docked, though understand that performance will be impacted if you try to run games at the TV’s native resolution. But the Deck UI is also the new Big Picture UI and is made for TV use.

PlayStation controllers are supported exactly the same as they are with Steam Input on desktop.

The “worst” part about Deck docking is that it doesn’t have a bottom USB-C port, so it doesn’t have that nice just-drop-it-in docking experience like the Switch.

I play mine docked a lot with an XBox Series controller and it works great. The only hitches:

- Powering on the device

You can’t start the Steam Deck from the controller as far as I can tell. So when I play docked I need to press the power button on the Steam Deck, switch the HDMI source manually and then everything works fine. The XBox button opens the Steam menu, etc.

- Resolution

Unlike the Switch (if you have experience with that) the Steam Deck being docked doesn’t mean you automatically get 1080p. The Steam Deck should automatically detect your TV and pick a sensible resolution, but you may have to tweak it.

Furthermore, once you get into a game the Steam Deck doesn’t automatically get more horsepower to throw at the resolution the way the Switch does. So you might need to play some games at 800p on a 4k TV, depending on how much headroom the game has on the Deck.

Chaz wrote:

I've been playing Midnight Suns on my LCD Deck, and the only complaint I have is that I can't get more than 1.5-2 hours on a single charge while playing it.

Yeah, this. Game works great on the SteamDeck. Wish I could play for longer..... and it wasn't heating up so much.

Sidebar, any mods out there for Midnight Suns that just turns the game into a card game? I played about 40 hours and the story stuff got old for me.

Appreciate the info, folks.

-BEP

Looks like Valve is finally catching up with Steam Families. No more switching to offline mode while a family member uses your profile elsewhere. And parental controls too!

Now I just want local profiles. It is annoying that when my son wants to play P5 on my deck he needs to remember to save in the last save spot and I have to remember to save in the first so we don't over write each others games. That is just silly.
And he shouldn't have to create his own Steam account - he has no money, he has no credit cards, there is nothing Valve need to know about him.

jamos5 wrote:

Looks like Valve is finally catching up with Steam Families. No more switching to offline mode while a family member uses your profile elsewhere. And parental controls too!

Simultaneous play of different titles in the library, FINALLY.

Probably the single biggest shortcoming of the Steam platform will finally be a thing of the past.

farley3k wrote:

Now I just want local profiles. It is annoying that when my son wants to play P5 on my deck he needs to remember to save in the last save spot and I have to remember to save in the first so we don't over write each others games. That is just silly.
And he shouldn't have to create his own Steam account - he has no money, he has no credit cards, there is nothing Valve need to know about him.

You don't need to tell Valve anything about him to set up a Steam account. Just need an email address. That's it. I set one up for my own son a couple of weeks ago, and doing it this way is so much easier than having him play on my account with separate saved, etc.

Tasty Pudding wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Now I just want local profiles. It is annoying that when my son wants to play P5 on my deck he needs to remember to save in the last save spot and I have to remember to save in the first so we don't over write each others games. That is just silly.
And he shouldn't have to create his own Steam account - he has no money, he has no credit cards, there is nothing Valve need to know about him.

You don't need to tell Valve anything about him to set up a Steam account. Just need an email address. That's it. I set one up for my own son a couple of weeks ago, and doing it this way is so much easier than having him play on my account with separate saved, etc.

Same. I set up accounts for my kids around Christmas. If I remember right, I think I was even able to use my same email address for all our accounts, but they have a different user name on their unique account. Then I think when they’re older, I can give the accounts to them by changing the email to their actual email.

vlox_km wrote:
Tasty Pudding wrote:
farley3k wrote:

Now I just want local profiles. It is annoying that when my son wants to play P5 on my deck he needs to remember to save in the last save spot and I have to remember to save in the first so we don't over write each others games. That is just silly.
And he shouldn't have to create his own Steam account - he has no money, he has no credit cards, there is nothing Valve need to know about him.

You don't need to tell Valve anything about him to set up a Steam account. Just need an email address. That's it. I set one up for my own son a couple of weeks ago, and doing it this way is so much easier than having him play on my account with separate saved, etc.

Same. I set up accounts for my kids around Christmas. If I remember right, I think I was even able to use my same email address for all our accounts, but they have a different user name on their unique account. Then I think when they’re older, I can give the accounts to them by changing the email to their actual email.

I've also done this and recommend it. I did buy a game on my account and gift it to his account but everything else he plays is family shared from mine.

Main benefit is it lets me control which of my games he can access regardless of which are installed on the machine. Secondary benefit is it lets him play the same games I play without worrying about my saves disappearing. I may have worried more about that one except I use Ludusavi to regularly back up my save games to the cloud just in case.