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Steam Deck dev-kits are on the move Valve say, as some already have it

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Valve has given a short update on the dev-kits for the upcoming Linux powered handheld Steam Deck, with more developers being able to get their hands on it soon.

Writing on Steam the team said "All packaged up and ready for devs! This is one of the limited batches of Steam Deck dev-kits heading out today for partners to test their games. These engineering verification test builds allow us to connect developers with units that are functionally identical to what will ship to you.

Since we are still in the final stages of development, the dev-kit program gives us the chance to guide game developers through the process of getting their games on Steam Deck while also continuing to gather their feedback as we prepare for the official launch at the end of the year.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of developer units getting their last few updates before making their way out the door."

A few developers do already have theirs though. We've seen that Garry Newman of Facepunch already commented that Rust "runs good" on the Steam Deck and they're working with Easy Anti-Cheat to get it all hooked up, we saw the Phil Spencer of Xbox had access too and commented on Halo, Age of Empires and xCloud working nicely.

Now we've also seen that Terraria developer Re-Logic also has access as they commented on Twitter to say "Terraria + @Steam Deck, perfect combination for your adventures!". What's interesting about this picture is how blue the inside of the case is. We've now seen a white one and a blue one but we still don't know which people will get as all models offer a carrying case but the top-end model has an "Exclusive carrying case".

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Lachu Sep 14, 2021
„we saw the Phil Spencer of Xbox had access too and commented on Halo, Age of Empires and xCloud working nicely.”

Mueeehhhhh ... !
So MS test these games on modified Arch Linux?
Zlopez Sep 14, 2021
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Quoting: Lachu„we saw the Phil Spencer of Xbox had access too and commented on Halo, Age of Empires and xCloud working nicely.”

Mueeehhhhh ... !
So MS test these games on modified Arch Linux?

This would be awesome, but I doubt they used Arch Linux. They probably reinstalled to Windows.
whizse Sep 14, 2021
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🎵 Deck the halls with devkits dreamy
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
'Tis the season to be steamy
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la 🎵
slaapliedje Sep 14, 2021
Quoting: Hori
Quoting: Lachu„we saw the Phil Spencer of Xbox had access too and commented on Halo, Age of Empires and xCloud working nicely.”

Mueeehhhhh ... !
So MS test these games on modified Arch Linux?

I'm sure Phil Spencer tested the Steam Deck using Windows...?
Is XCloud even working on Linux?
Seems to be working on the Atari VCS (which is running Linux)
pentarctagon Sep 14, 2021
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They clearly can't be talking about Age of Empires 3, since online multiplayer with Linux players stopped working with the release of their latest DLC.


Last edited by pentarctagon on 14 September 2021 at 5:01 pm UTC
Mezron Sep 14, 2021
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Quoting: HoriIs XCloud even working on Linux?

Yeah. I run it all the time from one of my kid's accounts.
mylka Sep 15, 2021
did LTT find a way to get one?
Shmerl Sep 15, 2021
Do any developers talk about making more native games becasue of Steam Deck?

That would be especially interesting for bigger studios.

It would be also interesting to know more who is among these partners.


Last edited by Shmerl on 15 September 2021 at 12:46 am UTC
BielFPs Sep 15, 2021
Quoting: ShmerlDo any developers talk about making more native games becasue of Steam Deck?

That would be especially interesting for bigger studios.

It would be also interesting to know more who is among these partners.
With Valve stating that they "don't need" I doubt it, the good side is that if deck makes success in the mainstream (without most of them installing windows on it) then studios will develop native versions anyway because games perform better without the need of Proton.
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