8 Things I Want To Do With The Steam Deck


Like most RPS, I spent all day picking random rectangular things and trying to pretend they were Steam floor. That’s how I screwed up my partner’s jigsaw puzzle. I thought… Yeah, I think I’d like one. Steam has surreptitiously positioned itself as a good mobile operating system right under our noses, all it needs is the correct form factor. This looks like it. Somehow they took all their spare hardware bits and made a PC out of it, which really makes me wonder how capable it is and what I can do about it. . Here are eight things I would probably do to myself.

Use Steam Remote Play Together to make friends

I might get bored and attach an external controller to it to enable local co-op. Or, I can host the game on the Steam Deck and share it with another player on their phone, even if they don’t own it. Play together remotely on Steam allows you to do that. It has to be local multiplayer, but I can imagine befriending someone on board and then quietly asking them if they want a quick co-op session on my Deck. I invite. Is that strange?

Connect a VR headset to it

It seems to have all the correct connections to support the Valve Indicator, and I haven’t found out for many years. It won’t work out well, but I’m considered a pioneer in these things, so I have to try.

Find interesting trackpad configurations

Seeing the trackpads on the Deck makes me very happy. I reached over and gently thanked my Steam Controller for its service. There are some great things that Steam Input, the latter part of the joypad, allows. As for the trackpad, that includes things like dividing the front of the panel into sections, so you can have several linked virtual buttons on each side.

It also allows you to set boundaries on the screen where you have a specific area to which the touchpad activity is bound. It’s great for things like hotbars, which means you’ll never move the touchpad’s mouse input beyond the space it takes up. However, my favorite thing is the custom radial menus you can create. You can associate any action with an on-screen menu that pops up when you tap the keyboard, then move your thumb to select that action. You can choose icons and even an animated gif to display the binding. It works for everything in the game. Have a look.

Install a random OS on it

My main desktop will always and forever run Windows. Big, old laptop on my shelf? I think it has ChromeOS on it. And before that, I want to see if I can use Ubuntu as my daily driver. The Steam Deck is just a PC and as such allows other operating systems to be installed on it. I’m pretty hooked on SteamOS 3 and can’t wait to get my hands on it (it’ll be on that old laptop, obviously), but I’m sure as soon as an Android version is in the works pop up for it, I will definitely install it. It should be easy to see how the Deck’s hardware is recognized. I also bet Windows 11 will work for it.

Use ray tracing for at least one frame

Until Valve says otherwise, I will assume that Zen 2 + RDNA 2 hardware combination could technically eliminate the ray tracing that the stats say it’s capable of. That is all. I am curious.

Simulation game

The stats also bode well for some form-factor and emulator games that would really be a good fit for simulator crime, and I bet a small but powerful device that can run Doom Eternal can run it. Dolphin emulator No problem. Then it’s just a small step of personally extract all my roms, played Mario Kart on it and told a small child my uncle worked at Nintendo and bought me a Switch 2.

Enjoyed the adrenaline boost when I realized I left it on a train

I did this with a camera, once. You never live until you see the train doors close and your expensive doo dad take an impromptu trip to Winnersh. Oh, I might as well just use it as a portable game console on Steam.


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