If you’re like me, you were probably left with a bad taste in your mouth after this year’s Nintendo Direct. No Metroid announcements whatsoever. There were rumors of an official remaster of Metroid Prime coming this year. It would have made sense considering this year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved title. But, of course, our expectations got crushed. Well, if Nintendo ain’t gonna do it, leave it up to the fans.
The beauty of the Steam Deck is how insanely customizable it is. We can go so far as replacing the Steam intro video when turning the device on, or when switching to Game Mode. So if you wanted something like this: Your browser does not support the video tag. It’s totally do-able! Best part is, it’s really not that difficult, and even if something goes wrong, the custom video will be replaced with the stock one.
When downloading games on the Steam Deck, more space on the hard drive gets occupied than just the game itself. Shaders will either be downloaded along with the game, or they will get added as you play the game. While these shaders can be useful for reducing in-game stutter, these shaders will pile up over time. Games that you no longer play will still have their shaders intact, thus taking up space that could be used for something more important.
Many games on Steam support cloud saving. Meaning, once you exit the game, your save file will be synchronized with the Steam Cloud. You can then play the game on a different device and quickly resume where you left off. Some games, however, don’t support cloud saves. You’ll usually be able to tell by seeing if there is a cloud icon next to the green PLAY button, or by going to the Steam store page for the game.
Steam Deck Checker is a YouTube channel that covers all things Steam Deck. Though it’s primarily a German-speaking channel, there are a few videos that are in English. One such video is how to stream your Xbox to your Deck. The video has step-by-step instructions on how to get it set up. The process requires getting the AppImage of Xbox Xcloud client, marking it as executable, then adding it as a non-Steam game.
Though r/SteamDeck is littered with pictures of people showing off their Deck or asking for a support request, there are occasionally some useful posts there. One such instance is what you should be getting when buying a MicroSD card. And I feel it’s important enough to mention it here, since I talk about the Steam Deck pretty frequently and some don’t know what they should get. You should be getting a U3 A2 UHS-I.
MultiVersus hasn’t even reached a stable state yet, but the modding community has already made it possible to add your favorite characters from other games. Want to add Link over Wonder Woman? Ganondorf over Superman? Waluigi over Shaggy? A darker-colored skin for Harley Quinn, based on her appearance in Injustice 2? It’s possible! Best part is, it’s dead simple. Just a matter of downloading the mod and putting it into the appropriate folder.
I’ve noticed some folks over on r/SteamDeck can’t get Halo Infinite to run on their Deck. Well, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get it to run. Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as it was in the past. The game has technically been playable on AMD and NVIDIA GPUs since the past three weeks, but on AMD it required Glorious Eggroll’s custom Mesa patch in order for the in-game textures to properly render.
Luxtorpeda is a Steam Play compatibility tool for allowing a certain set of games on Steam (mostly pertinent to older titles) to run using a native Linux engine, rather than having to use Proton for a Windows-only game. For instance, Ocean’s Heart has a Windows-only icon on the Steam store page. But with Luxtorpeda, we can force the game to use the native Linux version of Solarus, the engine that powers the game.
Last week I had been working on a script for Gardiner Bryant on how to get DOSBox games running on Steam Deck. I had gotten a start on it…but I struggled with getting the sound to work, as well as getting the games to run in fullscreen. Gardiner figured it out better than me, and just yesterday he posted a video on his YouTube channel (he also has the video on Odysee, if you prefer that video platform instead).