SteamOS Plugin Manager should enable lots of fun on the Steam Deck

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From the same developer who created the support library for Tesla overlays, the SteamOS Plugin Manager is born and ready for the Steam Deck.

This is going to be an absolute delight for people who want to hack away at the Steam Deck, and it can enable all kinds of things from music player integration to simple things like more quick-access buttons. I don't think it's possible to overstate just how awesome a project like this is. You don't even need to turn off the read-only filesystem to do it, and so changes made will be persistent too through OS upgrades.

Looks like the installation is reasonably easy too, but no doubt people will eventually find a way to make it super simple:

Installation

  • Go into the Steam Deck Settings
  • Under System -> System Settings toggle Enable Developer Mode
  • Scroll the sidebar all the way down and click on Developer
  • Under Miscellaneous, enable CEF Remote Debugging
  • Place the executable under ~/homebrew/services/plugin_manager. Do not change the name of the file.
  • Place the plugin_manager.service file under /etc/systemd/system
  • Open a Terminal and type sudo systemctl --now enable plugin_manager

Install Plugins

  • Simply copy the plugin's .js file into ~/homebrew/services/plugin_manager/plugins

It will take a little while for Plugins to be created for it but now it's out in the wild, I cannot wait to see what people come up with, oh the possibilities!

There's seemingly no license on it right now, so I've asked the developer to add one so contributors will know what to expect from it. Update: the developer replied, and it's now under the GPL license, so it's properly open source.

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Eike 1 Apr
QuoteYou don't even need to turn off the read-only filesystem to do it, and so changes made will be persistent too through OS upgrades.

I don't understand this - I'd guess not turning off read-only filesystem would make the changes non-persistent?

And...

QuoteUnder System -> System Settings toggle Enable Developer Mode

Isn't this turning off the read-only filesystem?
Cmdr_Iras 1 Apr
Will this need to be resetup after every update of SteamOS? I ask cause I notice it needs to be installed under Developer mode and installed to the root filesystem.


Looks interesting though.
Makes me happy to see people come up with all those great improvements.
Liam Dawe 1 Apr
Quoting: Eike
QuoteYou don't even need to turn off the read-only filesystem to do it, and so changes made will be persistent too through OS upgrades.

I don't understand this - I'd guess not turning off read-only filesystem would make the changes non-persistent?

And...

QuoteUnder System -> System Settings toggle Enable Developer Mode

Isn't this turning off the read-only filesystem?
From what this developer said, that doesn't turn off the read-only file system. In fact, even Valve's own FAQ tells you it needs a terminal command with sudo to do.
elmapul 1 Apr
cheat engine...
monyarm 1 Apr
I need to figure out how to bring gameoptimizer over to this. Most people aren't going to be using the largest ssd or microsd possible. So it'll be very useful for a lot of people.
Quoting: elmapulcheat engine...
Well, the alternative is gameconqueror (and I guess the in-development PINCE) but both of those aren't on Flatpak yet...

I wonder how the Cheat Engine plugin works. Maybe it automatically installs cheat engine to the game's compat prefix and then starts it?
elmapul 1 Apr
Quoting: fenglengshun
Quoting: elmapulcheat engine...
Well, the alternative is gameconqueror (and I guess the in-development PINCE) but both of those aren't on Flatpak yet...

I wonder how the Cheat Engine plugin works. Maybe it automatically installs cheat engine to the game's compat prefix and then starts it?

what this program do? allow you to cheat in online games?
dindon 1 Apr
Quoting: elmapul
Quoting: fenglengshun
Quoting: elmapulcheat engine...
Well, the alternative is gameconqueror (and I guess the in-development PINCE) but both of those aren't on Flatpak yet...

I wonder how the Cheat Engine plugin works. Maybe it automatically installs cheat engine to the game's compat prefix and then starts it?

what this program do? allow you to cheat in online games?

Tools like Cheat Engine allows you to inspect and change the memory state of the game or any executable. You could cheat online with it but games usually have protection against it.

It use it very often in offline games though. For example I don't want to farm for money in whatever RPG, I can use Cheat Engine to get it.
Liam Dawe 1 Apr
Update: the developer replied, and it's now under the GPL license, so it's properly open source.
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