What will you do with a Steam Deck?


Rock Paper Shotgun 23 July, 2021 - 10:59am 56 views

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As you can see from our coverage of the Steam Deck, Valve's portable PC has us intrigued. It's designed to let you leave your desktop behind, while taking your library with you on the go. It could be just one room over, or on long trip, but all your games and friends will still be available to you.

With that in mind, if you get one, what do you plan to do with it? Will it be an extension of your desktop gaming, taking your progress with you? Do you hope you’ll work out how to appreciate different types of game on the device? Can you imagine using the dock and accessing the underlying OS? Tell us below.

I asked myself this the other day. I was explaining the concept of the device to my partner, and until that moment I hadn’t really thought about what I could do with it, other than pick it up and marvel at it. I don’t really bother with mobile gaming, and though that means I’m an ideal candidate to try it out, I’m still not convinced I’ll be as comfortable using it on a train or plane as I am reading a book. I’ll try to Doom my way from Dundee to Glasgow one weekend, but ultimately I prefer to be passive when I’m travelling. I read. I watch stuff. I enjoy the view.

But it also struck me that it might be the device that finally lets me share my Steam library with her. We game in fundamentally different ways. I’m on my PC; she’s on her phone. The only crossover we have is when we pick up Minecraft together where I’m at my PC and she’s in the living room using a controller. I have considered building a gaming PC for her, but that still means finding space in the living room to put it, and working out the best way for her to control things. So far it’s always been a bit of a faff.

She’s more used to controllers and mobile screens. And until now, something like that, that could also have access to and play almost every game in my Steam library, proved cumbersome. Laptops are too wobbly, Steam’s LAN sharing has a tiny bit of lag, and Steam Mobile is just a bit too cramped.

But the Deck? It has a number of in-built control methods that don’t require relearning what she already knows. It doesn’t require a new office chair, keyboard, or monitor, and there's all the games. I don’t need to share or stream or mess about. They’re there for her to explore.

So, for me, I’ll be using it to help others access PC gaming without having to walk them through the whole process. I didn't think about that when I bought it, but it feels like the most obvious choice for now.

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YouTuber 3D Prints Steam Deck, Compares With Other Handhelds

Tom's Hardware 23 July, 2021 - 06:07am

The YouTuber admits his print is a little rough, but all the parts are in the right place, and give a good idea of how the real thing will feel in the hands. He addresses the common complaint about the Deck’s thumbstick locations, with both sticks at the top of the casing, and concludes that they’re “perfectly fine,” ergonomically speaking, which will be a load off many people’s minds.

The only issues he does identify are in the placement of the B button, which sits in the Easterly position on the face button diamond, and in the touchpads that sit immediately below the sticks. The B button is a long way from the analog stick, and if you’re using the B and right bumper at the same time, there’s the potential for a bit of finger clash, as they’re relatively close. The touchpad, he asserts, will become uncomfortable after a long spell playing games with it.

He’s also able to use his mock-up to compare the Steam Deck’s size and thickness to its main competitors, including the Nintendo Switch, the OneXPlayer, and, er, the Atari Lynx. Overall, he’s positive about the size and feel of the device. “Big, chunky, and actually comfortable,” is his conclusion.

It’s not clear where the 3D-printed Steam Deck has come from, although a disclaimer on Handheld Obsession’s video states it was created by someone ‘not affiliated with Valve’ - so we can’t be certain it’s millimetre-perfect. If you want to have a go at printing your own, the files are available on Thingiverse via Scottish creator Wallmasterr. It can't be too long until someone edits the print models to accommodate a Raspberry Pi and screen.

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