Good news for those of you still waiting on your Deck pre-order: now that the wave of Q2 emails have been sent out, Valve will reportedly be increasing the rate at which the device will be produced at the factory. @OnDeck reported on Twitter that “production has picked up, and after today we’ll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week!” They’ll even be sending Q3 emails a day early, on June 30th.
Since the announcement of the Steam Deck, portable PC gaming consoles have been proliferating the market. We have another one coming next month: the AOKZOE (pronounced “a-okay-zoey”). AOK is translated into English as “perfect,” while ZOE is translated as “sports life.” Devices start shipping in September. From the photos I was sent it looks like this handheld will have a kickstand. The color of the face buttons kind of reminds me of the SNES controller.
News for June 18-24 (FSR 2.0 Open-Sourced, Metroid Prime Trilogy on Deck, Don’t Install a 2242, Steam Deck HQ Overhaul)
Steam Deck LTT installed a heatsink/fan on the Deck turns out the Deck handles Super Smash Bros. Melee quite well, as well as Metroid Prime Trilogy plugins can enhance the overall functionality of your Deck my fellow acquaintance podiki wrote an article about the modern wonders of the excellent sleep mode Steam Deck is back to being #1 for Steam top sellers Steam Deck HQ gets a UI makeover, go give the website owner a follow if you miss your pre-order opportunity after you get the email, you can contact Steam support with a grace period of a few days if, for some reason, you wanted to use Desktop Mode in Gaming Mode, you can do that with a bash script a user managed to install a 2242 M.
Ever wanted to quickly launch Flatpak applications from the Quick Access menu without having to add them as shortcuts on Steam in Desktop Mode? Or automatically enable the night light when it’s the right time? Or customize the CPU frequency? Play music? Customize the Home screen to look like the Switch’s home menu? That’s all possible thanks to Steam Deck plugins. The best part: just run a few commands from the terminal, and install your plugins from the plugins “store.
For those who are still waiting on their Decks to arrive, know that I feel your pain. I had to wait a long time too. But if there’s any sort of comfort that I can give, it would be that FedEx – the company responsible for shipping Valve’s handheld PC – will soon be rolling out a program for delivery drivers to take photos of their deliveries, proving that they actually delivered to the customer.
Prepare to burn a hole in your pocket as the Steam Summer Sale is now live. Sale will go on until July 7th. Here’s some notable titles on sale: DRAG – 75% off, native Them’s Fightin’ Herds – 40% off, native Project Heartbeat – 40% off, native Gang Beasts – 50% off, native Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – 25% off Forza Horizon 4 – 67% off TUNIC – 10% off Hot Wheels Unleashed – 50% off Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl – 70% off Guilty Gear -Strive- – 40% off Hades – 40% off Among many others.
Proton Experimental Enables Paladins Compatibility, Adds Fix for Tekken 7, and Fixes Graphical Distortion during Video Playback for Some Games
A new update should be available in your Steam client for Proton Experimental, which landed just a few hours ago. Newly playable titles include The Rising of the Shield Hero: Relive The Animation and Paladins. Tekken 7 should no longer crash at launch. Also, several titles, particularly those using the Unity engine, no longer require the MFDXGI hack, including Rust, The Long Dark, Monster Train, V Rising, and many others. In other words, video playback in these games have been improved; they shouldn’t have any graphical distortion anymore.
I wanted to briefly talk about the trilogy of Metroid Prime games running on the Deck. In a nutshell: it works pretty great. Not flawless by any means but you’d be surprised at how well the controls work. All you have to do to get up and running is to run the EmuDeck script on your Steam Deck. Then copy your Trilogy ISO to /home/deck/Emulation/roms/primehacks/. Exit Steam in Desktop Mode, and add artwork with Steam ROM Manager.
One of the first things I wanted to do after getting my Steam Deck was test Super Smash Bros. Melee. Not just to see how well it performs, but also examine online play and see how the controls feel in my hands. How to Get Melee/Slippi Working on Deck If you’re looking at getting online play set up on Linux, you can refer to the guide I wrote a few months back.
I’m fortunate to have the Huaying fan in my Deck (the quieter fan), but the folks at Linus Tech Tips decided to take matters into their own hands with the Delta fans: putting in a heatsink and fan into the unit. I won’t get into detail about it, but essentially Linus dremel-cut the back part of the Deck so a custom-shaped piece of aluminum could be fit into the device. A heatsink was then applied on top with some thermal paste, and they even went so far as to attach a fan to it.