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Decky Loader makes Steam Deck plugins even EASIER with new installer

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Decky Loader is a project I've covered before multiple times now because it can add a lot to the Steam Deck with plugins, and now it's even easier to use.

Until now, you've always needed to use the command-line terminal app Konsole to install it by pasting in a command to grab it. However from version v2.4.8 onwards that released a few days ago, it now has an easy download that will give you a little UI for installing it, and if you don't have an admin password set it can even do a temporary one while it installs — clever stuff.

Take a quick look in my video below:

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See more on the Decky Loader GitHub.

It's amazing how the Steam Deck has built up this big community of hackers around it, making all sorts of useful additions. Like we've seen here with Decky Loader, it all gets easier over time too as more people contribute towards the projects. That's the power of open source in action.

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crt0mega Jan 10, 2023
LOL. Didn't even know that there are plugins. Thanks
Termy Jan 10, 2023
Neat - the 'old' way was even easier via ssh though...not even a need to go into desktop mode :D

I really wished we had those plugins for the desktop steam client to - i miss protondb and HLTB when i browse there ^^

Last edited by Termy on 10 January 2023 at 2:20 pm UTC
Yeti Jan 11, 2023
Really enjoying decky loader, though I wish there was some more curation. I don’t like that there’s a memory scanner/memory editor in their store that’s so easily accessible. Although I’m confident that anti-cheat systems are able to find and ban players using that tool in multiplayer games, it unnerves me that it’s so easily accessible in a plugin loader as neat and useful as decky loader.

I suppose at the end of the day, an even semi-motivated bad actor can just google “cheat engine steam deck” and likely find some app image or flatpak that gives them easy access to a memory scanner on deck. In the world of open source, there’s no way to truly prevent someone from installing a memory scanner.
Pengling Jan 11, 2023
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Quoting: YetiIn the world of open source, there’s no way to truly prevent someone from installing a memory scanner.
It seems to be the same whether things are open or not!

I previously owned a Nintendo Switch, which was found to be easily hackable very early in its life, and Nintendo never cracked down on the issue of cheaters even though they now charge their users to play online - something that removes value from the service for honest players on their hardware, and which can occasionally affect cross-platform titles with cross-play (sad to say that, when I encountered a few cheaters in the short-lived Super Bomberman R Online, I had a good idea where they were coming from due to past experience, and turning off cross-play eliminated the problem for the rest of the game's time in service).

That is to say, in short, it doesn't matter whether a badly-conducted player is using an open or closed platform - if someone wants to cheat, they'll find a way regardless.

Last edited by Pengling on 11 January 2023 at 4:17 am UTC
wurschti Jan 11, 2023
Thanks for this article. I really like how the community is doing such amazing stuff. I directly installed the SteamGrid plugin and I find it awesomely easy to use. I wish Valve would just integrate DeckyLoader into the system as an official Plugin Manager.
Philadelphus Jan 13, 2023
Finally got around to setting up Decky Loader. Seems pretty handy.
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