**** Cyborg Central ****

Old Androids Never Die, They Just Have A Few Screws Loose

Introducing Steam Deck

July 16, 2021

Steam Deck is a powerful handheld gaming PC that delivers the Steam games and features you love.

Source: Introducing Steam Deck

It's pretty, isn't it? Valve's newly-announced handheld is a slick little system that will hopefully spur lots of interest in Linux gaming and light a fire in the mini-gaming laptop market where before your only choices were GPD, GPD, and GPD.

I'm slightly (um VERY) annoyed that it's running Arch instead of Ubuntu - it BETTER not be because someone was being a dick about snaps and wanted Valve to promote them by demanding they use them - but I'll definitely be getting one ASAP.

If you've never used Valve's touchpads before, they are wonderfully accurate and easy to pick up. It's basically the same as playing a game on your phone. Having two of them, and a second physical stick, and a physical D-Pad, is pretty sweet.

Anyway, we'll see what happens with it - I'm quite hopeful that it will kick off interest in native versions of Linux games, and will clearly push Proton to new levels of compatibility, but I don't know if Valve has the same amount of power that Nintendo does to really compel devs to do the work to support the console properly.

Let's hope they do.

Categorized as: Games | Linux

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *