Linus went for it and tested everything he could, nice job! Has me even more excited.
For me, the size comparison with the Switch is very favourable. Its bigger, but not extremely so and where its bigger it brings more ergonomics
I'm so excited by the potential of this device. I really want Steam to release a 10'' or 13'' version with their PC architecture. It'd be very very interesting.
Why? I have launched Ubi games from the Steam big machine (or whatever it is called) in the past no issue.Getting a little concerned that Ubisoft games won't be playing nice with the Steam Deck due to the UPlay launcher starting up.
This is the other thing with Steam Deck, if it sells, it offers another market to other store fronts and brings Linux right into the spotlight. Will be interesting for sure seeing the state of play in a couple of years, would be great if Windows gets a bit of proper competition..
Yes, good point. Definitely not a bad thing to see the Microsoft monopoly of PC gaming loosened. Personally I’m agnostic about Linux, I have used it, but I don’t have any preference relative to Windows in general. I understand the hobbyist aspect of running Linux for gaming but I spend enough time in my day job farting around with PCs to be jumping through hoops to get a just a fraction of my games running almost as well as they do under Windows. I know it has improved a lot recently, but until Linux runs all my PC games from all the online stores seamlessly, I doubt I will switch my main PC to it.
Dual-booting is an option but if everything works on Windows, and only some content works on Linux, personally I can‘t be bothered. With recent progress I would almost consider it, but then Game Pass has come along with such a ridiculously good offer (for now), that I would stil be reluctant to give up Windows. Microsoft win again, unfortunately.
The Steam Deck does change things up a bit though, it will be interesting to see how many games run, and how many run perfectly and what kind of developer support it attracts. Valve don‘t want Deck specific ports, but if they manage to shift a few million of these units then developers are going to want to make sure their games run well on it. If it is as successful as we hope, it may well change the PC gaming landscape with more developers targeting Linux directly. I don’t think there is even anything to prevent Ubi, EA, and even MS releasing Linux versions of their own clients if they wanted to.