Valve Steam Deck Portable Gaming PC

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When did you reserve your's?
 

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The night of the day they started taking reservation. I tried earlier that day, but couldn't complete payment (of the $5). I tried again that night after work and it went through.
 

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Just noticed my expected order slipped to Q3. Hopefully it will be here by my birthday.


It has slipped again. Now I am after Q3, October 2022. So it won't be here for my birthday...

If the whispers of a better version come to fruition, I may just opt to go that way.
 

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Sucks to hear that. I just checked my reservation, it still says Q2 but added a (April-June) line to it. Hopefully I'll get it in April rather than June.
 

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Have you got an email yet?


 

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Yep, I got mine yesterday. But with all the new AMD Ryzen 6800U handhelds being announced, I'm thinking about selling the Deck and wait for basically 1 more gen newer APU. So I haven't took it out of the case to play with it yet. I know the Deck will be better supported since it's made by Valve, so that's what I'm also thinking about just keeping it.

Originally these would probably all be over $1k, but now Aya Neo 2 is $800 and Ayn Loki Max is $700, it's getting close to the Steam Deck's price range. I think this one looks the best, but no price yet.
 

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And on the WAN show, Linus was talking about putting in hall effect thumbsticks. This sort of thing appeals to me.
 

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I am more than a little geeked to do something like this!
 

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I wouldn't open the Steam Deck and void the warranty. I decided to just keep my Steam Deck so I opened it and logged into to Steam to let it update. After that I was going to install some games on it, but before I could even do that the SD turned off and now I can't turn it back on. I submitted a support ticket to Valve but they only gave me the boilerplate plug and unplug and try a different charger reply. I told them I tried all that, and no reply since then. From my search it seems like Steam Deck dying is kind of common for the amount of devices shipped so far. I wouldn't recommend getting a Steam Deck for now, maybe wait for a few more batches or their first revision.
 

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I don't plan on just opening it up and changing things off the bat. Once the thumbsticks start showing some drift, they will get swapped out.


Good news though, I got moved up! I am now 3fd quarter.




 

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I wouldn't open the Steam Deck and void the warranty. I decided to just keep my Steam Deck so I opened it and logged into to Steam to let it update. After that I was going to install some games on it, but before I could even do that the SD turned off and now I can't turn it back on. I submitted a support ticket to Valve but they only gave me the boilerplate plug and unplug and try a different charger reply. I told them I tried all that, and no reply since then. From my search it seems like Steam Deck dying is kind of common for the amount of devices shipped so far. I wouldn't recommend getting a Steam Deck for now, maybe wait for a few more batches or their first revision.


Any further contact from Steam?

By the way, how long has all of this taken so far?
 

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Yes, I got an RMA# from Valve and a prepaid shipping label, I shipped the Steam Deck. Currently waiting it to get to Valve. It took total of 2 days to get the RMA#, which is not too bad. I'll update when I get the replacement or repaired Steam Deck back.
 

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Here is a video of a steamdeck getting returned and how the experience changed from the first one he had to the replacement.

 

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I don't really have a problem if they don't send a box, since I still had the original box. I'm expecting it to take 2-3 weeks anyways, so if I get it back in 2 weeks like him I would be happy.
 

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So I got the replacement Steam Deck. Everything works this time. I played a bit of Tales of Arise on it, it's pretty nice. I also tried to play Fall Guys (bought it a long time ago before it went F2P EGS exclusive), but it didn't work, it stuck on the EasyAntiCheat splash screen.

Edit: SteamOS (Linux) is so unintuitive for anything but gaming. If I keep the Steam Deck purely as a gaming console, I'll probably keep SteamOS on it. But I think if I ever decide to use it as a dual purpose PC/Console, I'll have to install Windows on it. Hopefully by that time someone would've figured out how to dual boot.
 
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I was playing a bit of Stray on it, it can handle Med-High mix of settings. It still looks pretty good.

I also got Fall Guys wiring. Turns out it needs a specific version of GE Proton7 (version 15).
 

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I got my confirmation email. Woot!
 

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This seems easy enough. I just ordered a Sandisk High Endurance 256gb SD card, going to set up the dual boot.
 

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After fighting with the AMD drivers and Windows I finally got Windows to install on the SD card. It runs pretty nicely, although the built-in joysticks and buttons still have some weird "sticking" issues when I use them in games (like if I hold down RB to run the character will remain running if I let go of the joystick while holding down RB), so it's not completely perfect yet. But it's much better than trying to get things to work on Steam OS. I couldn't even connect to my WiFi hotspot because Steam OS's WiFi doesn't allow proxy (I guess to prevent people from activating out of region games using proxies). I really hope the devs will figure out how to make the built-in controls work perfectly, if they do, I'll probably wipe the main SSD and go Windows only.
 
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