A round-up of our Steam Deck content — the videos keep coming

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Since news moves fast, here's a chance for you to grab a breather and get a look at my ongoing Steam Deck content. Here's what has been shown off so far.

Just a few of the main non-news articles done (with plenty more planned!):

Additionally, I've also been doing numerous YouTube videos, which seem to have been quite a hit. Some were done as a result of requests from the community, like showing off Stellaris while also using the Steam Deck magnifier to show you how well it works:

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A list of the current videos done (find them in the Steam Deck YouTube list):

Welcome to the Steam Deck (256GB model)

Steam Deck - Developer Interviews

Cyberpunk 2077 - Steam Deck Benchmark

Elden Ring - Steam Deck initial testing

Installing Discord on the Steam Deck

Epic Games Store on the Steam Deck

Proton Experimental, bleeding-edge Beta - Steam Deck (HOWTO)

Prodeus - Steam Deck gameplay

Steam Deck - Touchscreen testing

Steam Deck - Total War: WARHAMMER II - Battle Benchmarks

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Steam Deck - Slay the Spire

Steam Deck - Crusader Kings 3

Steam Deck - Valheim

Steam Deck - setup Morrowind, Warzone 2100 and X-COM with Luxtorpeda

Steam Deck - A little GZDoom, Blade of Agony how-to

This next one will raise some eyebrows. It's not in any way confirmed official yet but it does work on Linux / Proton and Steam Deck. We reached out to Valve about it, so far no reply. EA / Respawn have also said nothing. Keep that in mind, so Apex Legends works but seemingly everyone is being silent on an announcement.

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Destiny 2 on Steam Deck - Bungie say no

And finally, Dying Light 2 is on Deck:

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If there is something specific you want me to take a look at, be sure to comment away.

On top of that don't forget to follow on Twitch, where regular direct-capture livestreams have been happening.

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herc 2 Mar
Great job on the Steam Deck coverage man! Even though I don't have time to watch all the videos, I really appreciate you taking the time to make them.

The release article you wrote was exceptionally good, I could literally not stop reading.

I'm looking forwards to when you receive your 512GB model and when you do I wish for a screen comparison.

Enjoy the influx of new readers of GOL and remember to take care of yourself in between all the work.
Quite a few games will have odd performance hickups due to downloads in background (disable this on the deck) and also shader caching which should go away after a while.

There was also a outstanding bug with gamescope that causes certain (many) games to have a weird stutter after so many minutes in-game. Apparently it was fixed recently but I haven't confirmed it myself.

Also no steam-deck in Australia; probably not for a long while too given world events.
Liam Dawe 2 Mar
Quoting: eldarionI really hope this fever will pass (no offense to the Steam Deckers out there).
I hope it doesn't. It's one of the biggest things to ever help Linux gaming as a whole, and any games I write about would work on a Linux desktop too.
denyasis 3 Mar
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWith the magnifier, Stellaris looks surprisingly workable. I was not thinking that would be a game you'd want to play on the deck.

Me too. I'll admit I'm not the target audience for the Deck and am still a bit skeptical of it's success, but I must say it does appear to be a really nice device and launch (looking solely at the articles here).

I hope it does ok sales wise. It sounds like it certainly is.
This might be an odd request, but could you try running a game which has a native Linux version that works perfectly fine on desktop but is listed as Unsupported? I'm seeing some really surprising ones pop up from my library (e.g. Surviving Mars, or Ultimate Chicken Horse, which I'd've thought would be a shoe-in for the Deck). Do they run on the Deck (and just have such a crappy experience, for whatever reason, that Valve marked them Unsupported)? Or do they really not run? (If so, well…that's that I suppose, it just seems weird that Linux-native games that probably aren't using some sort of anti-cheat or anything wouldn't run on the Deck). Thanks.
Eike 3 Mar
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Quoting: PhiladelphusThis might be an odd request, but could you try running a game which has a native Linux version that works perfectly fine on desktop but is listed as Unsupported? I'm seeing some really surprising ones pop up from my library (e.g. Surviving Mars, or Ultimate Chicken Horse, which I'd've thought would be a shoe-in for the Deck). Do they run on the Deck (and just have such a crappy experience, for whatever reason, that Valve marked them Unsupported)? Or do they really not run? (If so, well…that's that I suppose, it just seems weird that Linux-native games that probably aren't using some sort of anti-cheat or anything wouldn't run on the Deck). Thanks.

I'm interested, too. My guess for e.g. Surviving Mars is that it works, but they (according to the wording of their message Valve, I'd guess the developers) want to improve the experience before it gets labeled.
eldarion 4 Mar
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: eldarionI really hope this fever will pass (no offense to the Steam Deckers out there).
I hope it doesn't. It's one of the biggest things to ever help Linux gaming as a whole, and any games I write about would work on a Linux desktop too.

Only time will tell. It's just that recently the news here looked too much as a Valve PR satalite then a Linux gaming news site. More about steam deck itself and less about actual games.
Liam Dawe 4 Mar
Quoting: eldarionOnly time will tell. It's just that recently the news here looked too much as a Valve PR satalite then a Linux gaming news site. More about steam deck itself and less about actual games.
As always, I run GOL based on my own personal interests - always have and always will. Any direction we take is simply my personal choice.
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Quoting: eldarion
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: eldarionI really hope this fever will pass (no offense to the Steam Deckers out there).
I hope it doesn't. It's one of the biggest things to ever help Linux gaming as a whole, and any games I write about would work on a Linux desktop too.

Only time will tell. It's just that recently the news here looked too much as a Valve PR satalite then a Linux gaming news site. More about steam deck itself and less about actual games.

Don't you think a successful dedicated gaming device running Linux and hundreds, soon thousands of games verified to run on Linux and what most probably will be number one on many game of the years lists running on Linux at least as good as (supposedly better than) on Windows is like medium important for the topic at hand, "gaming on Linux"?


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Quoting: eldarionOnly time will tell. It's just that recently the news here looked too much as a Valve PR satalite then a Linux gaming news site. More about steam deck itself and less about actual games.
Take heart, then, because the Deck just launched, so this is the biggest it will ever be and the highest concentration of articles you'll ever see about it. As more and more people actually get their hands on one the cachet of exclusivity will wear off, and apart from some big articles I foresee in the future along the lines of "Epic Games caves and ports Fortnite to Linux due to demand from millions of Deck owners" it'll gradually fade into the background fabric of people's lives as everyone who wants one just…has one.
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