Jump to content

Steam Deck (handheld from Valve)


QuackQuack
 Share

Recommended Posts

19 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

Wait a minute, I thought the Deck would be able to handle PS3 emulation? If I try it, will it end in tearz?

 

It'll end in 20fps. If you're lucky.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

18 hours ago, Mr. Gerbik said:

Noob question, since I'm completely new to this Linux lark. If I want to dabble in different regions of the Steam Store, can I just change the region in my settings? Or do I need to mess about with a VPN, or would a straightforward rebel DNS be enough?

Generally speaking, VPNs aren't a great solution for Steam as they used to be pretty quick with code revoking/banning etc. This may have changed recently but the portable Deck may be different anyway as you could feasibly move it between regions in your hand luggage :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Camel said:

I might get a different broadband account set up strictly for use with this thing. Or is joining the two-WAN clan a step too far? 

More than one WAN is a bit overkill if you're living in a standard 3 to 4 bedroom house. But I'm sure there are also rich forumites living in villas with like 36 chambers or something, and in that case it might make sense.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

One thing I’ll be glad of with Steam Deck is the accuracy of the track pads. I’d been dreading playing mouse-controlled games like Chicory and Disco Elysium on a console with unwieldy analogue sticks, but with the Deck’s trackpads I can be all careful, click click.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, Calashnikov said:

One thing I’ll be glad of with Steam Deck is the accuracy of the track pads. I’d been dreading playing mouse-controlled games like Chicory and Disco Elysium on a console with unwieldy analogue sticks, but with the Deck’s trackpads I can be all careful, click click.

 

Playing games with your Uzi (Pinky Ring)s

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 27/08/2021 at 08:34, jonamok said:


Pffft. Every few days. 😔

 

Me too. If there's gonna be any, I don't think we'll start to see significant movement until people are asked to start paying for it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A naive little part of me thinks they might start shipping sooner than December. Like somehow, despite the state of every other aspect of tech/gaming, Valve are ahead of schedule. And then I let out a bitter laugh, and stare again at the calendar.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 23/08/2021 at 14:19, Sane said:

I'm hoping for the same, the deck as a replacement for my old pc. I have an ancient i5 / GTX 970 combo that's slowly dying and buying something new seems utterly impossible and/or prohibitively expensive. Aside from its use as a portable I'm expecting/hoping the deck to be able to run things the same or better than my 970 hooked up to my 1080p TV , which is good enough for me. 

 

I'd reign in your expectations. The power limits, even if bypassed, means this doesn't stand a chance against even something as old as the GTX 970, which has both a significant processing and memory bandwidth advantage. The only relevant area the Deck is going to potentially match or beat your old PC is on the CPU side.

 

The lack of relative bandwidth and processing power on the Deck means it's best to keep to lower rendering resolutions anyway, otherwise you're just throwing performance away for rendering resolution.

 

 

People might want to keep an eye out for what happens with Intel's recently announced XeSS AI reconstruction technology, as it should be RDNA2 compatible, unlike Nvidia's proprietary DLSS. If that gets widely adopted, the Deck will remain competitive for a longer period of time.

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

https://www.amazon.de/-/en/gp/product/B08HCHS64Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

200GB Micro SD card which meets/exceeds the speed limit for the slot on the deck for about £20.50-£21 delivered (depending on if you have a fee free card)

 

I'll stick the big games that need faster loading on the 256 nvme ssd and dump all the indie/smaller games onto this thing - should hold plenty

Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, Myshkin said:

TIL that a standard sandisk saturates the Deck's SD slot. Guess it's best to leave the emu and smaller stuff on the card.


Yeah, that’s a surprise. Even the Switch can go beyond U1 speeds.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Alex W. said:


Yeah, that’s a surprise. Even the Switch can go beyond U1 speeds.


So why does Animal Crossing take 45 minutes to load?

 

Even with the fastest SD cards it’s rarely noticeably faster than the internal drive.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's worth noting that the bigger cards are similarly priced per GB: the 400 GB is 39 euro and the 512 GB 53 euro. 

 

I think I will get the 512, always nice to have more storage. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, deKay said:


So why does Animal Crossing take 45 minutes to load?

 

Even with the fastest SD cards it’s rarely noticeably faster than the internal drive.

 

Because even U3 is still not all that fast compared to a modern SSD.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Myshkin said:

this dude seems to think the specs allow for playable PS3. time will tell.

 

It prob to a limited degree can because some games run much easier than others - will depend on the software and games that are more taxing will likely struggle

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Indeed, RPCS3 is just too much of a massive variable to state 'Yeah, PS3 games work great'. The emulator itself is still in its infancy (well, in comparison to emulation considered mature - Saturn is just about there, and I remember trying that shit out for the first time on a Pentium 4), and some games just eat shit even with the best desktop computer money can buy. 

The Aya Neo can be used as a good yardstick for 'comparable or ever so slightly better' performance on the Steam Deck, when it comes to emulation - Some PS3 games work great, other PS3 games... well, Bring The Pain until further optimisations are made. And that's fine.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Phawx (who has been in the UMPC scene for years since the original GPD Win) has a useful video showing how well RPCS3 runs on the latest and greatest available Intel and AMD low Wattage mobile options using Windows at around 30 Watts (higher actual total system power draw, so battery life would be around 1 hour on the Deck assuming it can cope with that level of power draw) and the CPUs in these machines is comparable or better than what is in the Deck (CPU being the most important factor for emulators). I don't think the days of mobile PS3 emulation are quite here just yet, unless your untroubled by ropey unstable performance:

 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. Use of this website is subject to our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Guidelines.