Does a steam deck need to stream games from your device? Or does it play the games on its own?

Does a steam deck need to stream games from your device? Or does it play the games on its own?
Also does anyone here own a steamdeck ? Would you recommend it?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    On its own

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I own two. And it's a PC. It can both play the games locally and stream games from a different PC/platform if you want it to.

      It can do both, you can stream something installed on your pc on the same network, or install it locally on the deck. Im on a shitty wifi connection, so i dont really use the streaming feature though

      So, if I wanted to play Minecraft or something offline, I could just play it on my device? Like one would an app on their phone?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        yes. but don't forget that not all games on steam support steamdeck (and probably never will due to its abysmal sales numbers).

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Can I emulate old games?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yes

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >gee, if only this device where I can install multiple OSs could play games that were developed to run on one of the OSs I can install on it

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >its abysmal sales numbers
          homie it sold really well, I've legitimately seen people with one out and about. Not as common as, say, the switch, but it's not rare.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          > abysmal sales numbers

          Baloney, it's valve's favorite and most successful hardware project because of how well it's selling. And as a vr user it rustles my jimmies because they came out with two steamdeck models already, ads for it are plastered everywhere in steam while index2/deckard is still vaporware after 5 years.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Ehh, compared to other consoles, the Deck is not doing too hot: we only have sales data for 2022, at 1.6 million units sold, so let's estimate something like 5 to 7 million until now, to be generous. Still a long way from the 140 million of the Switch for example.
            But in any case, the point of the Deck isn't to make a profit on the hardware itself, it's to create a market for those smaller, lighter games that are ideal to buy and play on the go, that people wouldn't usually buy on a desktop or a laptop. Even competitors like the Ally are a net positive for Valve, because most people will still buy the games for those through Steam.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Minecraft can be run on the Steam Deck just like any other PC. But since you're probably going to use SteamOS, you might want to use an unofficial launcher like PolyCraft, then you can add that program as a game to your Steam Library and run it from the game mode (big picture) like any other Steam game.

        Can I emulate old games?

        Take a look at EmuDeck
        If you mean older Windows games, then yes, Wine/Proton is actually very good at that since you can define what Windows environment you want. Actual Windows itself has broken many old games in many ways, so it's nice to have them still working through Wine/Proton.

        yes. but don't forget that not all games on steam support steamdeck (and probably never will due to its abysmal sales numbers).

        I have about 2000 games and most games work on it, if it doesn't deliberately is made to not work or has an incompatible anti-cheat, then it either works or can work with some tweaking that probably someone figured out on protondb (a website which keeps track of compatibility).

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Well, if I wanted Minecraft or any other game the device has a marketplace for these things right? Or I could transfer files from my computer to the device maybe, I'm not understanding what you're saying to do lol

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It comes with SteamOS as the original operating system, which means it'll start up in a console like experience which is full on PC Steam underneath. You can go to the Desktop mode, which means you can access the files, open a browser in a window and do whatever, there's an app store to get more programs there, it has a lot of software, like the Minecraft launcher I mentioned. If you like none of that, you can literally just install Windows on it and use it however you want (but the point is you don't have to since you can do almost everything on it with SteamOS).

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            In a game console like experience*

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I own two. And it's a PC. It can both play the games locally and stream games from a different PC/platform if you want it to.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It can do both, you can stream something installed on your pc on the same network, or install it locally on the deck. Im on a shitty wifi connection, so i dont really use the streaming feature though

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It plays games on its own, though if you want to stream from another computer you can do that too (like you can on any PC).

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thank you, this device is a brilliant concept if it's truly as versatile as I think it is

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's just a PC in a handheld form factor, so it's as versatile as any other really.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It is a portable gaming PC. That's what it is.
    It can also stream games from other devices if you want it to.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's quite literally a portable pc. You can install windows on this thing.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Windows is pretty shitty on a handheld device, but yes, you can (on the LCD model, because the OLED model still is missing a bunch of drivers).

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Who would pay that price if it just streamed games from another device?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      SnoyBlack folk

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the portal is half the price of the steam deck to be fair. a better comparison would be the logitech g cloud which is like $350.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you get a used one, you are getting a cheap beefy laptop with less features and can run linux and windows.

    Yes it can run tf2 just fine

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Can I mod fallout games on it?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Of course, theres guides on youtube, just dont expect fallout 4 with 300 graphics mods and enb to run on a portable device.

        https://i.imgur.com/WAvtblY.jpg

        Does a steam deck need to stream games from your device? Or does it play the games on its own?
        Also does anyone here own a steamdeck ? Would you recommend it?

        Own the oled, would recommend it, refurbed lcd variant if you*re poor or need to save money (is like 300$).
        It main benefit is that it actually makes linux gaming work and gets you away from winblows + you can use it to emulate everything up to and including the switch and most ps3 games (expect setting everything up to take some time though).
        Personally I like it cause it makes me move away from my desk. I already work at a desk. I need to spend less of my life at one. So I got a deck and now game on the couch/balcony/in the garden/in the train/while shitting.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It seems like the perfect device honestly, I might sell my Xbox just to put money towards this. Can play video games, can emulate old games, can surf the web, can listen to music/watch movies on it
          Is there any downsides?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            NTA, but it's still an OS designed to be as idiot proof as possible, so some stuff is locked down (like having a read-only root folder and such) and won't work as a fully fledged pc right off the bat. You can revert this if you want, but since steamOS updates each time as a full image drop-in, you'd have to redo those settings after every update. You can install a clean OS from scratch if you want complete freedom of use, but since BIOS updates are also delivered with the steamOS image update, you'd need to find a way to do those manually in that case.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Smh I don't understand why companies must lock everything up, my devices must do what I want not the other way around

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Protecting morons from themselves is mandatory if you want to make a product with any sort of mass appeal. Also, Valve at least tried to do it in the most lenient way possible, making it a simple toggle.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Think of how moronic the average IQfyirgin is and then imagine someone dumber. That's the kind of user they're protecting from their own stupidity.

            yes. but don't forget that not all games on steam support steamdeck (and probably never will due to its abysmal sales numbers).

            >abysmal sales numbers
            Funny, the only place I hear that the sales numbers were bad is from some anonymous poster here on the chans. The only reasons a game doesn't play well on the deck are poor performance, controls that don't translate well to the limited inputs that are built in, and DRM/anti-chrat bullshit that doesn't like Linux.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Smh I don't understand why companies must lock everything up, my devices must do what I want not the other way around

            That locking filesystem thing is blown way out of proportion. You can change system behavior by dropping config/unit/container files into /etc, which is writeable. If you want to stay away from /etc then you can just drop your configs to XDG_CONFIG_HOME and programs to local/bin or something. Nobody is forcing you to install packages into /usr. Just use nix package manager or any of the other dozen ways to get user packages on linux. It ain't that hard.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Dude, it's a fricking pc, you can do anything a pc can do
        Fricking IQfyirgins i swear

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Quite rude, it's ok, you are forgiven
          Also bumping to continue the discussion about this device

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Except it's Linux

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            homie... linux is software on a pc. you can out windows on it if you want. or bsd. or haiku lmao

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >getting a gamer's laptop or handheld secondhand.
      it's gonna have semen residue everywhere and you'd be lucky not to get an std.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I'd imagine most would be clean thanks to never touching a woman.

        How long until this thing just sits in people's draws and becomes a paperweight?

        I know a guy who upgraded to the OLED one and uses his launch model as a tv streaming thing.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Is OLED better than the normal?

          I own one. It may or may not work for you. I travel a lot for work and got annoyed with how awkwardly-shaped it is compared to a laptop. At the time it released it was a way better deal than any non-gaming laptop spec-wise, but now that's just not true. I recently bought a used Thinkpad z13 and it travels better, performs better, and is way easier to use for normal computer tasks.

          I think it might work for me because I don't really use a computer for playing games, when I get a laptop im definitely gna get a Thinkpad though because I've heard from multiple people that they're reliable

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's not a Stream Deck.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's just a handheld PC that ships with SteamOS, Valve's fork of Arch Linux. You can do anything you could on any other PC.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    'ick on 'eck

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have one yes it plays them, they have a layer emulating directX but is really vulkan.

    it's pretty bad-ass and I like mine. Make sure you show it off to your friends too.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    On its own
    I do
    Yes

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How long until this thing just sits in people's draws and becomes a paperweight?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      when the next one comes out, duh

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got myself one for Christmas (the cheapest LCD version). It's basically a PC with the form factor of a handheld console. So far, I only used it to emulate the PS2 and to play Monster Hunter and the Yakuza games. It works great and can turn into a "classic" console/PC with a basic hub or a cheap dock (I bought a Baseus one for $30). Also, the "verified/playable/unsupported" status Steam gives is a good indication but it's not fully trustworthy. Half of the Yakuza games were "playable/unsupported" but they ran perfectly fine and just needed a little tweak in the setting or in desktop mode, ProtonDB is your friend in that regard.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      hello I am getting OLED. I have heard good things but never played Yakuza series, might get on next steam sale. is it required to play the series from 0-Xcurrent game or 1 and 0 is a prequel? What hub/dock do you have I keep looking them up but then see people on Amazon say USB stopped working on them or something else and I can't get the official one where I live.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Start with 0. Even if you don't go through the entire series, you will at least have played the best one.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        If you want to fully enjoy the series, start with Yakuza 0, and then just go on chronologically if you liked it. It's usually on sale bundled with Kiwami 1 and 2 for around $20. Every Yakuza game is great (5 is a wonder, and people hating on it were just filtered), but 0 is a fantastic game on its own. I bought pic related on AliExpress during Christmas season for around $30, I've been using it almost daily since then with no problem whatsoever. Baseus is a relatively legit brand for cheap Chinese tech shit.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          doesn't that block the intake vent?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Just push it a bit to the side and it doesn't.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's just straight up a console priced PC. I use one plugged into a dock/monitor/keyboard as a spare computer too. it's good I think.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I own one. It may or may not work for you. I travel a lot for work and got annoyed with how awkwardly-shaped it is compared to a laptop. At the time it released it was a way better deal than any non-gaming laptop spec-wise, but now that's just not true. I recently bought a used Thinkpad z13 and it travels better, performs better, and is way easier to use for normal computer tasks.

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