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A round-up of recent Steam Deck news for you

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rustybroomhandle Jun 28, 2023
A fun aside (Steam Deck at around 3:25):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxVekZRIWyg
slaapliedje Jun 28, 2023
Wonder how many are going to sell off their Steam Deck for the ROG Ally. I think Valve needs to release a SteamOS image for it, since they basically make more of their money on people buying Steam games rather than hardware, but I think it'd be a nice slap in MS's face :P
Highball Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedjeWonder how many are going to sell off their Steam Deck for the ROG Ally. I think Valve needs to release a SteamOS image for it, since they basically make more of their money on people buying Steam games rather than hardware, but I think it'd be a nice slap in MS's face :P

I'd heavily consider getting the ROG Ally if SteamOS was released for it. Only question minor hesitancy I would have would be from the lack of touch pads which I use all the time. Can I really use a thumb stick for mouse as effectively, for example? As it is now, everything I play works just fine on my Steam Deck. It's the SteamOS and Steam Deck features that make the form factor console levels of convenient. It would be hard to give those things up strictly for performance and visual quality as much as I want that.
scaine Jun 28, 2023
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Quoting: rustybroomhandleA fun aside (Steam Deck at around 3:25):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxVekZRIWyg

I thought he was going to sing about the Steam Deck and had to watch it about three times before I noticed that he was using a Steam Deck as a lyrical prompt! Or, in fact, simply playing Mass Effect while singing...


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Klaas Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: HighballCan I really use a thumb stick for mouse as effectively, for example?
I can't. Stick mouse is horrible. Give it a try and disable the touchpads for a few hours.
finaldest Jun 28, 2023
Great news to see continued support on the deck. I am curious as to how many steam deck units valve have now sold.

I have noticed on the store page that the 2 lower tier units are sold out with a 2 week wait for the 512gb unit so sales seem to be steady.

I really hope we can get Cities Skylines 2 deck verified when it releases and hopefully a linux build too.
udekmp69 Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedjeWonder how many are going to sell off their Steam Deck for the ROG Ally. I think Valve needs to release a SteamOS image for it, since they basically make more of their money on people buying Steam games rather than hardware, but I think it'd be a nice slap in MS's face :P

Keep an eye on ChimeraOS's 43 release when it comes out. The devs have the Ally and have been doing a lot of development so it works on it. The biggest issue is sleep mode not working properly but other than that that's about the most glaring bug in 43. ChimeraOS is really SteamOS-like, starts with big picture mode that runs in gamescope. The only difference is that it comes with GNOME in the desktop mode versus KDE Plasma.
Philadelphus Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: finaldestGreat news to see continued support on the deck. I am curious as to how many steam deck units valve have now sold.
No official numbers, but there've been some estimates of possibly around 2 million, maybe reaching 3 million by the end of the year. (Source: an Ars Technica article I read this morning about Jsaux and how they become such a big provider of Steam Deck accessories.)
slaapliedje Jun 28, 2023
Quoting: udekmp69
Quoting: slaapliedjeWonder how many are going to sell off their Steam Deck for the ROG Ally. I think Valve needs to release a SteamOS image for it, since they basically make more of their money on people buying Steam games rather than hardware, but I think it'd be a nice slap in MS's face :P

Keep an eye on ChimeraOS's 43 release when it comes out. The devs have the Ally and have been doing a lot of development so it works on it. The biggest issue is sleep mode not working properly but other than that that's about the most glaring bug in 43. ChimeraOS is really SteamOS-like, starts with big picture mode that runs in gamescope. The only difference is that it comes with GNOME in the desktop mode versus KDE Plasma.
I actually prefer gnome anyhow, especially on a touch + tiny screen. KDE is kind of terrible to use in such a form factor.

The only reason I could justify an Ally is due to it being quieter. It doesn't last longer, it's a bit faster / higher resolution screen, but that seems to be negated by my give a crap about having 1080p on a tiny screen. Only reason it makes sense for a phone is so you don't see pixels reading stuff, but you're not just reading text on a handheld gaming PC.
Liam Dawe Jun 29, 2023
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: finaldestGreat news to see continued support on the deck. I am curious as to how many steam deck units valve have now sold.
No official numbers, but there've been some estimates of possibly around 2 million, maybe reaching 3 million by the end of the year. (Source: an Ars Technica article I read this morning about Jsaux and how they become such a big provider of Steam Deck accessories.)
*taps the sign* https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2023/04/report-steam-deck-to-pass-3-million-sales-during-2023/
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