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Steam Deck

- Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:56:03 EST IcB310ea No.761705
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New handheld PC running on Linux. Apparently as powerful as a ps4, a little over 720p 7 inch screen.

What do you guys think? Would be kinda neat for playing my indie game backlog in bed.

Pyrrha Alexandra - Thu, 15 Jul 2021 19:33:02 EST IcB310ea No.761710 Reply
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It does look weird, but not a deal breaker to me. I never have trouble after a couple days of adapting to new controllers, and I don't think I'll be playing anything particularly competitive on it.

The real caveat seems to be a pathetic 64gb storage on the $399 model. 256gb on the $529 model, and 512gb on the $649 model
Frank West - Thu, 15 Jul 2021 20:12:34 EST K7bVVL2n No.761711 Reply
No upgradeable storage except for an SD slot is a hard pass. These things are destined for landfills.
Tidus - Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:36:51 EST KQv+IuLf No.761713 Reply
Beats no expandable storage at all. You can shell out more for a bigger SSD model that will accommodate plenty of modern games, and depending on how it's put together, you could probably swap out the SSD yourself with a little elbow grease since they're not using proprietary memory. And even if you store most games on an SD card the write speeds should still be sufficient for most users (Switch games aren't lightning fast, but load times are tolerable for the most part).

Putting the buttons right next to the thumb-sticks seems like the bigger issues, but I'm not sure how uncomfortable or obtrusive it will be in practice. I'm definetly going to wait for a gen-2 revision before investing in one, but I love this concept.
Tidus - Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:41:43 EST KQv+IuLf No.761714 Reply
Also Valve confirmed you can install Windows on it, so you don't have to be reassigned to SteamOS Linux-compatible Purgatory, and other apps like GOG Galaxy, EGS, Retroarch, etc. are gravy.
Lu Bu - Thu, 15 Jul 2021 21:45:26 EST vKJU4VkB No.761715 Reply
Pssh, its the steam box 2.0 all over again. If this is a take to compete with Nintendo, it wont do well.
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Tidus - Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:00:29 EST KQv+IuLf No.761716 Reply
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I don't know about that. Steamboxes were just branded pre-built PCs that were competing for living room space with 3 home consoles that offered a pretty similar service in an already saturated market. Right now the portable space is basically just Switch and mobile (and mobile doesn't really offer the same sort of premium games that people were obviously desperate for when the Switch hit the market, so mobile isn't even worth considering a competitor). Yeah, the Switch already has a huge market share advantage, but I think people are ready to move on to next-gen portables, and if Nintendo isn't going to bother with a Switch Pro, then Valve might be in a good position to swoop in and eat Nintendo's lunch. I could see this being a lot more successful and less niche than Steamboxes.

Again, I still wouldn't bother with it until at least a second revision because there's still way too many technical unknowns (especially with battery life and the dock) about how this thing will perform in the wild, but the concept seems like a hit if executed and marketed properly.
HK-47 - Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:39:22 EST ZRYh0qUr No.761718 Reply
This is definitely way better thought-out and will do far better than Steam Machines, but I would agree that this isn't really a threat to Nintendo. If this is very successful it might work to disincentivize third party Switch ports (since "[game] but portable" might no longer be enough of a selling point to justify the cost of porting) but that's about it.
Elexis Sinclair - Sat, 17 Jul 2021 03:48:45 EST KQv+IuLf No.761722 Reply
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Gaben confirmed user expandable storage, and even the base model still has the M2 port so if you already have the faster SSD you can just stick it in there.
C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:25:47 EST a28I0VBP No.761828 Reply
It seems cool but I don't like the placement of the thumbsticks.
Michael Thorton - Mon, 09 Aug 2021 23:37:35 EST fJLv9Mt1 No.761835 Reply
i got 5 on it.
q2 '22 so i'll hopefully be seeing plenty of early user feedback before deciding to buy or not. if it's ok and i have the money, i'll assuredly be using it to shitpost from the steam overlay while on the toilet.

720p (technically 800p) 30fps though. also regrets about selecting the la fancy 512gb model as it's nosebleed pricing on mere storage capacity. HOWEVER it's beyond high time for a major company to promote this type of device. just being able to play some of my library in bed is worth money to me.
Oxanna Kristos - Tue, 10 Aug 2021 04:38:55 EST IcB310ea No.761838 Reply

I think the screen supports 60hz right? They just don't expect newer games to hit 60fps locked, and are targeting 30fps as a baseline.
Professor Layton - Tue, 10 Aug 2021 22:15:44 EST KQv+IuLf No.761841 Reply
Yeah. I think the 30 fps targeting is more for recent AAA games like Control, Doom Eternal, etc. Should be able to run indies and older stuff at 60 fps with minimal compromise, no problem.
Kabal - Thu, 12 Aug 2021 19:26:53 EST ILuVMa6D No.761851 Reply
I play games in bed all the time. Never heard of this thing called a laptop computer?
Pimple - Thu, 12 Aug 2021 21:43:12 EST KQv+IuLf No.761852 Reply
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That thing that sounds like a turbine, burns a hole in your cock, requires a separate gamepad or mouse to game, and you have to fight to keep cats away from? Yeah, they fucking suck. There's a reason form factors like the Switch and DS still sold like hotcakes when laptops also exist dipshit.
Calypso - Mon, 16 Aug 2021 14:28:13 EST 6JmEpNs3 No.761867 Reply
coming in a little hot there, but you have a point. those reasons are why I'm interested in it for sure.
Garcia Hotspur - Tue, 17 Aug 2021 01:19:11 EST fJLv9Mt1 No.761868 Reply
this. also adding to it: having power and headphone plugs sticking out of something weighty that can be jostled around easily is a bad idea. and in addition to the heat being uncomfortable i very much dislike having a machine that relies on airflow under the case sitting on my stomach or a pile of blankets. these shits run too hot for my liking even with perfect airflow around the case.
Drunkard Hu - Wed, 18 Aug 2021 09:32:16 EST WLnHWPMQ No.761882 Reply

You can buy a tray for like $10 to put the laptop on. This helps. You can even get trays with fans built in.

But the real advice is get out of bed. Set up a desk.
Death Adder - Fri, 20 Aug 2021 20:17:54 EST IcB310ea No.761907 Reply

Aren’t there already working prototypes that people like Linus have reviewed?
Cranky Kong - Fri, 03 Sep 2021 20:02:56 EST 0K0zlfiw No.762084 Reply
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Not sure if want, can't afford it now. But has potential.
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Roll - Wed, 08 Dec 2021 14:30:34 EST oRR1cDbC No.763159 Reply
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I own one of these bad boys and despite being an ugly duckling it's the best controller I've ever used.
Minsc - Fri, 10 Dec 2021 04:16:39 EST cTEsdomg No.763173 Reply
Yo, you know about Steam Link, right?
If your phone is on the same wifi as your PC, you can play games on your phone (or tablet or tv I guess), I even connect a controller to my phone. It's all rendered on the PC and I have yet to experience lag.
Cammy - Fri, 10 Dec 2021 20:25:39 EST Dx4mKDWf No.763181 Reply
What do you like about it? For instance, what would prevent you from using, say, a PS4 controller instead?

I feel like I can't give up the small form factor. Though it looks like PS5 went Genesis/Xcube-style, which is sad.
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Kefka - Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:23:07 EST SkJt3Xnp No.763203 Reply
>For instance, what would prevent you from using, say, a PS4 controller instead?
Two games: Dark Souls and Quake. Before we go any further, Steam Controller is fully customizable. You can have any button set to any input or series of inputs that you want. You can draw buttons on either of the touchpads in whichever way you like, and when it's turned on you can almost feel the buttons there. You can have it set to tap or pressing down. I can't stress enough how even though the buttons on the touchpad aren't real, you can still feel them. The haptic feedback on the touchpads just can't be described.
Dark Souls: paddle on back let's you run while your finger on the touchpad controls the camera. You can play the entire game without locking on, in any of the games in the series. You can do this with a PS4 controller, but I think you'll agree nobody actually likes The Claw or the Armored Core Grip.
Quake, Doom, and any FPS: Left touchpad set to a weapon wheel (you can even set a window showing said wheel, with customizable icons if you like). Right touchpad isn't quite mouse aiming, but it's damn close. You can adjust the output sensitivity, and the input sensitivity is unrivaled. You can put your thumb down and roll it around and the controller will detect it.
The controller feels light and plasticy until you turn it on. I don't know what techno wizardry was required to do this effect but it feels great once the game is on.
JC Denton - Mon, 13 Dec 2021 14:14:10 EST Dx4mKDWf No.763204 Reply
Sounds interesting. I remember the flash $5 sale and almost got one, but I think they just didn't do a great job of explaining what set it apart. The pad on the right was intimidating, didn't seem like it could possibly work to replace physical buttons.

A shame that if you want to pick one up you have to go through "collectors" now, who are charging $230...

It even could sing Doom: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwq2btaPio0
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