Making this a separate post due to completely different subjective matter, but Valve is running a 10% discount for the Steam Deck currently as part of their 1 year anniversary and Spring sale.
Valve is using free software to emulate another OS
actually I don't mind it, but no matter how hard they try, it's not there yet. Thanks god they added HDR support to DXVK as of recently, but Linux doesn't have HDR support, and so many other things.On this point, Valve are paying hundreds of engineers to support Proton etc. The end result is free, but the current state of Windows gaming on Linux is in part because of Valve's heavy and ongoing investment.
Decoupling PC gaming from Windows has been Valve's ambition for a decade and they're finally getting real traction, like it or not. I quite like it.
Hmmm, I miiiiiiiiiight have to go look and see if I want to buy one now. I have no real need to do so, but I do kinda want one...Making this a separate post due to completely different subjective matter, but Valve is running a 10% discount for the Steam Deck currently as part of their 1 year anniversary and Spring sale.
Hmmm, I miiiiiiiiiight have to go look and see if I want to buy one now. I have no real need to do so, but I do kinda want one...
But there is list of verified games (~3000 at the moment), and if you find enough games you would like to play within that list, then there's no need to fight the OS. And I would add most of the "playable" games there. I didn't have many verified/playable games in my library/wishlist, but still my biggest issue is not SteamOS or lack of available games, but lack of time to play them. And a bit loss of interest, as it's hard for me to find a game I really enjoy playing....However, the Steam Deck under Steam OS isn't appealing to me. I would just want to play alone, or with my family, without having to fight the OS, of look for fixes so that some games will work.
I do think in general one from a neutral perspective at present has to acknowledge that the more prevalent thought is that a PC and PC gaming is much more associated with Windows over other OSes. If a device is advertised as a PC/PC gaming device there is essentially more of unspoken expectation to some extent this means Windows, while the reverse of Linux is not there, so the Linux on Surface device analogy is a bit flawed in that respect.
Is the Steam Deck advertised as a "PC gaming device"?
Is the Steam Deck advertised as a "PC gaming device"?
Also while SteamOS is a Linux distro you'll find that official materials do not really reference Linux but only SteamOS. Windows is actually referenced but not Linux, including specifying Windows as alternative OS support. I know the Linux side wants this to win from that perspective, but I'd wander if in the long run SteamOS winning out would be no different than Android winning out wish respect to actual public/broader consumer interest in Linux.
The other factor is ever since launch they've also explicitly and implicitly mentioned Windows support. So in this sense feel it's fair trade off if Windows was being used as part of marketing to likely alleviate fears of possible compatibility/user expectations and build good will resulting turn that there is much stronger onus to follow through with that. A Microsoft/Surface device analogy as such is not remotely comparable.
SteamOS is just as much "Linux" as ChromeOS and Android. SteamOS and ChromeOS uses much more of the wider free software eco-system (like Wayland, Pipewire etc) and a less forked Linux compared to Android, but they are just as much "Linux".
I don't agree. Valve is NOT responsible for writing Windows drivers. Valve IS responsible for making sure MS can support the Steam Deck if they want to, and Valve has done exactly that. More than MS has done for Surface devices (which I think are compatible).
That's fine from a technical stand point but I'm talking about actual mainstream consumer reception. The mainstream consumer opinion does not view them as Linux nor as Android/ChromeOS adoption really affected broader consumer acceptance and usage of the Linux ecosystem as a whole. Especially not as the Linux "side" want's it to be viewed as.
Again this is completely different from Microsoft/Surface devices.
Valve has explicitly stated said support for Windows including the missing dual boot feature discussed.
I'm sorry but I'm guessing you don't view things this way but the reality is the broader public is much more skeptical of Linux/non-Windows and this was the case at launch. As I've stated Valve made statements of such support to alleviate those concerns and to promote good will. As such you can't have it both ways in this case. Microsoft was and is not outright stating or implying that they would support Linux on Surface devices to alleviate buyer concerns or promote good will, the situations are not remotely similar.
Had Valve never mentioned Windows and directly stated they would support it as such when asked than that would be a different scenario, but that is not the case.
Wait, you mean to tell me that a device maker actually released device drivers to support their device??? I thought that wasn't their job.They released a new Windows APU driver today
Wait, you mean to tell me that a device maker actually released device drivers to support their device??? I thought that wasn't their job.