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Tetris Effect: Connected adds HDR for Steam Deck OLED plus optimizations

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More HDR goodies for you to test with your shiny new Steam Deck OLED, as Tetris Effect: Connected should now work great with it. Even if you only have the original Steam Deck LCD model, this update should still improve things for you too!

The changelog was short and sweet noting:

  • [STEAM] Added an HDR option for the Steam Deck OLED. You can enable this from OPTIONS>GRAPHICS>HDR.
  • [STEAM] Optimized the GRAPHIC QUALITY settings for Steam Deck for better performance in SCORE ATTACK and CLASSIC SCORE ATTACK game modes. 

Great once again to see more developers actually test and improve their games for Steam Deck, which should also ensure they work on desktop Linux quite nicely too with Proton! Currently Tetris Effect: Connected is Steam Deck Verified.

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Tetris® Effect: Connected is Tetris like you've never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before—an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines.

Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects—everything, down to the Tetriminos themselves—pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you're playing, making any of the game's 30+ stages and 10+ modes something you'll want to experience over and over again.

Plus cross-platform multiplayer modes for competitive and cooperative play!

I've actually never played this one, am I missing out on something here? It has an Overwhelmingly Positive rating from users on Steam so plenty of people love it. My poor poor backlog of games, is it going to grow again?

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usrtrv Dec 15, 2023
I'm more curious why they had to enable HDR for the SteamDeck anyway.
It's running through Proton, if Windows had HDR why wouldn't Linux (through Proton) not have HDR? Unless they made specific graphic settings for SteamDeck?
Altefier Dec 18, 2023
Quoting: usrtrvI'm more curious why they had to enable HDR for the SteamDeck anyway.
It's running through Proton, if Windows had HDR why wouldn't Linux (through Proton) not have HDR? Unless they made specific graphic settings for SteamDeck?

It was playable with HDR before, via putting SteamDeck=0 %command% -dx12 in the launch options. Make of that what you will, I don't have a deep enough understanding of what's going on.
MicHaeL_MonStaR Dec 27, 2023
Quoting: RedWyvern
QuoteI've actually never played this one, am I missing out on something here?
Yes, you absolutely are.

The game uses modern Tetris rules (outside of Classic mode), which differ wildly from traditional Tetris.
Initially they seem weird, quirky, maybe even glitchy, but they're very purposefully designed.
The more you get familiar with them, the more fun it gets to pull off weird tricks and score better in this way.
And a skill ceiling is practically non-existent, no matter how long you play you'll see (slow) improvements in your skill.

In the journey mode, they've pretty much turned Tetris in a spiritual experience, unlike any other game I'm aware of.
It's not shameful to start with beginner mode here if needed, this mode is an absolute must-play.

The effect modes all offer fun and unique spins on the Tetris gameplay, offering more variation than you'd expect from Tetris.
Don't be afraid of the online functionality popup here, it's only for sharing your scores, the gameplay all works offline.

Even the multiplayer is fun, the Connected mode is incredible and the competitive modes are fun too.
It generally works well, it uses good peer-to-peer hosting, which still depends on whichever system was appointed as host.

And the game continues to get updated and well supported, you can feel that the studios involved care first and foremost about having their game play well.
Earlier this year a pretty major 2.0 update was released, which implemented a lot of community feedback and expanded the effect modes.
Along with this performance update, they've been one of the first to show official gameplay on Deck too, in Tetris Effect: Connected Hands-On Gameplay Preview | Steam Deck.
It is important to note that Tetris Effect is a very graphically intensive game, though for casual modes it can be made playable on Vega 8 tier iGPUs.

Overall it's one of my all-time favourite and deeply respected games, this while I only picked it up on a whim as I liked playing basic Tetris on my graphical calculator.

That all sounds nuts. but a good enough jump from the one I played on the NES (or actually I also played a top-down-ish three-dimensional one on DOS back in the day) to justify playing it today. - I always worry they change things up too much from the essence of a classic game, but I suppose this is the closest I'll get for an updated modern version. Kinda like that Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+.
RedWyvern Dec 27, 2023
Quoting: MicHaeL_MonStaR
Quoting: RedWyvern
QuoteI've actually never played this one, am I missing out on something here?
Yes, you absolutely are.

The game uses modern Tetris rules (outside of Classic mode), which differ wildly from traditional Tetris.
Initially they seem weird, quirky, maybe even glitchy, but they're very purposefully designed.
The more you get familiar with them, the more fun it gets to pull off weird tricks and score better in this way.
And a skill ceiling is practically non-existent, no matter how long you play you'll see (slow) improvements in your skill.

In the journey mode, they've pretty much turned Tetris in a spiritual experience, unlike any other game I'm aware of.
It's not shameful to start with beginner mode here if needed, this mode is an absolute must-play.

The effect modes all offer fun and unique spins on the Tetris gameplay, offering more variation than you'd expect from Tetris.
Don't be afraid of the online functionality popup here, it's only for sharing your scores, the gameplay all works offline.

Even the multiplayer is fun, the Connected mode is incredible and the competitive modes are fun too.
It generally works well, it uses good peer-to-peer hosting, which still depends on whichever system was appointed as host.

And the game continues to get updated and well supported, you can feel that the studios involved care first and foremost about having their game play well.
Earlier this year a pretty major 2.0 update was released, which implemented a lot of community feedback and expanded the effect modes.
Along with this performance update, they've been one of the first to show official gameplay on Deck too, in Tetris Effect: Connected Hands-On Gameplay Preview | Steam Deck.
It is important to note that Tetris Effect is a very graphically intensive game, though for casual modes it can be made playable on Vega 8 tier iGPUs.

Overall it's one of my all-time favourite and deeply respected games, this while I only picked it up on a whim as I liked playing basic Tetris on my graphical calculator.

That all sounds nuts. but a good enough jump from the one I played on the NES (or actually I also played a top-down-ish three-dimensional one on DOS back in the day) to justify playing it today. - I always worry they change things up too much from the essence of a classic game, but I suppose this is the closest I'll get for an updated modern version. Kinda like that Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+.

That MS-DOS version would be Welltris, I don't think it was succesful but it's mentioned in most Tetris history documentaries on YouTube.

The main difference is the modern or old Tetris rules, you can try the new rules with M+KB at Tetris.com.
These modern rules are like a completely different game, good fun after adjusting to them if you're open to the superrotation weirdness.
On top of the new rules, Tetris Effect's main addition is the Zone, a scoring mode that also sees use as a Connected mechanic.

Tetris Effect's Classic Mode is basically NES Tetris if you want to stick to the old rules, you can even compete in it online if you like, with CTWC like score battle with identical RNG.
This is with low stakes, just some levelling.
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