Steam Deck 🎮

Steam is about to release a mobile PC for gaming. :video_game:

Steam Deck starts shipping December 2021 to the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. More regions coming in 2022.

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Do you think it will last longer than the Steam Controller or Steam OS?

This makes no sense… hardcore PC gamers want to play from their chair with something they chucked shittons of money at, not move from their chair to play on something inferior, for money they could allocate to PC upgrades.

Switch and PC gamers are the complete opposite demographic.

Well, they are making it run SteamOS 3.0 (archlinux-based), so they are definitely invested in their tech last longer :grin:

Using their words:

On Steam Deck, your games run on a different operating system than the one on your desktop PC. It’s a new version of SteamOS, built with Steam Deck in mind and optimized for a handheld gaming experience. It comes with Proton, a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run your games without any porting work needed from developers. For Deck, we’re vastly improving Proton’s game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors.

So yeah that will be interesting. Releasing in Steam is already one of the most reliable & controllable platforms to release and market your game, so this would be a plus for developers to support Steam. From the wording it seems there is little work from devs side, no porting work, but still testing to do.

I have a Steam Link and Steam Controller. Even though discontinued, they are still supported pretty well.

I am not a big fan of mobile gaming. But there are many who like it.
They are trying to add the Steam library to mobile gaming, which is dominated by Android games.

Nothing interesting for me. I already can play Steam games on my phone through Steam Link app (at home).

Mm, I have read this a thousand times:

(when) is this game coming to Switch?

All the indie games already release first on steam, and a very low % make it to the point of getting a publisher and porting it to the Switch.

While not endorsing the Steam Deck yet, Switch owners and “hardcore PC gamers” might not be the same demographic, but Switch owners want to play new games, and Steam is the platform where the most games get released every day, so this is just directly a switch competitor, not a competitor for a USD $3000 custom PC built.

But this means Steam needs to compete with their PR and Marketing with the Switch and Nintendo…

I mean it’s not a itch.io console, but I hope it will help getting indie games at platforms where people might pay for their work.

That seems like a more reasonable take, but is someone with a switch also going to buy this, realistically?

To me switch users are really console users. Like they’ll hook a switch to a TV, or have another console on TV maybe. But not two handhelds. Or choose this over a switch.

I don’t see a market segment other than one for people without gaming PCs who only want to play PC games. But I don’t feel that’s really a thing on its own, if they’re ‘casual’ enough to not care about investing in a PC, they’ll just get a console, which a ton of PC games get ported to anyway.

Besides the software platform, steam seems totally out of it with hardware and their own software to me, for some time.

In a way this idea reminds me of the steambox, which was supposed to be a budget pc but optimized for linux or something. I was interested in the idea myself, but it seemed to fall flat trying to find a sweet spot that didn’t actually exist.

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