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ELDEN RING tops the Steam Deck most played for May 2023

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Once again, ELDEN RING has managed to become the number 1 most played game on Steam Deck, after hovering close to it over the last couple of months. Here's the top 20 most played on Steam Deck for May 2023.

The list given out by Valve on Twitter includes these games sorted by hours played top to bottom, with each being a link to go buy a copy on either Humble Store or Steam depending on availability:

In case you missed it, here's also my most recent Steam Deck and gaming news round-up video:

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What have you been playing across either Steam Deck or desktop Linux over the last month? Give your latest recommendations in the comments.

As for me? I'm still a bit hooked by Halls of Torment:

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Belaptir Jun 2
Quoting: MohandevirLord of the Rings Online... On the Steam Deck... Why? Because I can. It's playable. The maps are a little on the small side, some parts are hard to read and you need to get used to the button mappings. No need of the touchscreen, if you don't want to. I wouldn't use it as a daily driver, but as a backup plan, it's better than I thought.

You sir just made me go and download LOTRO to play it again after... maybe 10 years. I need to create an account since my old one is probably lost, but knowing that it works on Steam Deck... I need to go back now. Thank you.
Quoting: Belaptir
Quoting: MohandevirLord of the Rings Online... On the Steam Deck... Why? Because I can. It's playable. The maps are a little on the small side, some parts are hard to read and you need to get used to the button mappings. No need of the touchscreen, if you don't want to. I wouldn't use it as a daily driver, but as a backup plan, it's better than I thought.

You sir just made me go and download LOTRO to play it again after... maybe 10 years. I need to create an account since my old one is probably lost, but knowing that it works on Steam Deck... I need to go back now. Thank you.

Sorry... I guess?

But it's similar to me. My main toon was stuck at level 88, at the bridge leading to Edoras, after the Riders of Rohan expansion. Lol!

Since then, they unlocked all contents up to Gondor, I believe.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 2 June 2023 at 5:27 pm UTC
ljrk Jun 2
Actually some GTA V, but mostly just speeding around. American Truck Simulator is currently my go to, otherwise Witcher 3 (NG+), Portal 2 (my SO), ...
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Quoting: ljrkActually some GTA V, but mostly just speeding around. American Truck Simulator is currently my go to, otherwise Witcher 3 (NG+), Portal 2 (my SO), ...
Doesn’t ATS use a lot of key bindings? How does it play on the Steam Deck?
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Quoting: Belaptir
Quoting: MohandevirLord of the Rings Online... On the Steam Deck... Why? Because I can. It's playable. The maps are a little on the small side, some parts are hard to read and you need to get used to the button mappings. No need of the touchscreen, if you don't want to. I wouldn't use it as a daily driver, but as a backup plan, it's better than I thought.

You sir just made me go and download LOTRO to play it again after... maybe 10 years. I need to create an account since my old one is probably lost, but knowing that it works on Steam Deck... I need to go back now. Thank you.

Sorry... I guess?

But it's similar to me. My main toon was stuck at level 88, at the bridge leading to Edoras, after the Riders of Rohan expansion. Lol!

Since then, they unlocked all contents up to Gondor, I believe.
To Gondor! I should actually give the game a try, never really did back in the day.
ljrk Jun 4
Quoting: benstor214
Quoting: ljrkActually some GTA V, but mostly just speeding around. American Truck Simulator is currently my go to, otherwise Witcher 3 (NG+), Portal 2 (my SO), ...
Doesn’t ATS use a lot of key bindings? How does it play on the Steam Deck?

Yes and no, you can configure it. On the deck is basically only use the rather simplistic steering option, but I think more complex ones would work to a certain degree. You have 4+4 back/shoulder buttons, 4+4 cross, 2 joy sticks each also a button, 2 trackpads ... . If you drive automatic, there's not much there as well. Of course accurate simulation lacks that way, but it's mostly a wind down game for me :)
tuubi Jun 4
Quoting: ljrk
Quoting: benstor214
Quoting: ljrkActually some GTA V, but mostly just speeding around. American Truck Simulator is currently my go to, otherwise Witcher 3 (NG+), Portal 2 (my SO), ...
Doesn’t ATS use a lot of key bindings? How does it play on the Steam Deck?

Yes and no, you can configure it. On the deck is basically only use the rather simplistic steering option, but I think more complex ones would work to a certain degree. You have 4+4 back/shoulder buttons, 4+4 cross, 2 joy sticks each also a button, 2 trackpads ... . If you drive automatic, there's not much there as well. Of course accurate simulation lacks that way, but it's mostly a wind down game for me :)

There's quite a lot of stuff to bind, but even the official Steam Input config for a generic gamepad covers everything you need. The ability to use long presses for less frequently needed stuff like attaching/detaching a trailer and turning off the engine helps a lot. I'd imagine the extra paddles and things on the Deck make it even less fiddly, although personally I like to play these games in front of a large (TV) screen.


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ljrk Jun 5
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: ljrk
Quoting: benstor214
Quoting: ljrkActually some GTA V, but mostly just speeding around. American Truck Simulator is currently my go to, otherwise Witcher 3 (NG+), Portal 2 (my SO), ...
Doesn’t ATS use a lot of key bindings? How does it play on the Steam Deck?

Yes and no, you can configure it. On the deck is basically only use the rather simplistic steering option, but I think more complex ones would work to a certain degree. You have 4+4 back/shoulder buttons, 4+4 cross, 2 joy sticks each also a button, 2 trackpads ... . If you drive automatic, there's not much there as well. Of course accurate simulation lacks that way, but it's mostly a wind down game for me :)

There's quite a lot of stuff to bind, but even the official Steam Input config for a generic gamepad covers everything you need. The ability to use long presses for less frequently needed stuff like attaching/detaching a trailer and turning off the engine helps a lot. I'd imagine the extra paddles and things on the Deck make it even less fiddly, although personally I like to play these games in front of a large (TV) screen.

Yup, I'm just too casual to really do that :D I'm currently a couch gamer, TV would certainly also work with Deck, but it already struggles a bit with ATS graphics (even though I'm using Proton as it's performing better than native).
MayeulC Jun 6
Quoting: PenglingI find it interesting how Elden Ring, Stardew Valley, and Vampire Survivors are so often battling it out for the top spot in the monthly Steam Deck most-played charts - they're all so different, and on most platforms wouldn't be in such close "competition" like this, so I find it pretty interesting to see.

Quoting: MayeulCIt's a pain to manage a single one, especially as I often use it as a computer, booting on an external SSD, docked.
Just curious, how well do you get along with it in this use-case?

I started detailing the technicalities, then realized that is not what you were after... Well, if I can't use the Steam deck, I can plug the SSD into another computer to retrieve data. I can also boot it up on another computer, but the SD is better (my desktop randomly loses the USB controllers sometimes, which makes USB boot unreliable, and my other laptop only has 4GB of RAM).
I have priority though, as this is now my "work laptop" replacement (where the SSD originally comes from).
Pengling Jun 6
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Quoting: MayeulCI started detailing the technicalities, then realized that is not what you were after... Well, if I can't use the Steam deck, I can plug the SSD into another computer to retrieve data. I can also boot it up on another computer, but the SD is better (my desktop randomly loses the USB controllers sometimes, which makes USB boot unreliable, and my other laptop only has 4GB of RAM).
I have priority though, as this is now my "work laptop" replacement (where the SSD originally comes from).
Thanks much for taking the time to reply. I'm most curious about using it in place of a laptop - do you use the dock (not necessarily connected to an external monitor) for this?
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