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Steam Deck is Mostly Good in the Sense That It Weakens Microsoft's Dominance (Windows)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Sep 25, 2023

Computer Games, Playstation

THE Steam anniversary was recently celebrated in some GNU/Linux-centric Web sites even though it had nothing to do with GNU/Linux and the company had supported Windows for about a decade before even touching GNU/Linux. Why celebrate DRM?

Steam Deck uses KDE and GNU/Linux; it has helped more people become familiar with non-Windows platforms. The Steam Deck is mostly a DRM appliance. Putting it in perspective, porting some game to a DRM platform [1] should be no cause for jubilation, but if it used to work on Windows only and now it also supports GNU/Linux, then in relative terms it might be a positive thing. As a handheld device that can be modded [2] and upgraded [3], this handheld isn't necessarily "open" (Ryzen is not) but probably better than the classic big consoles, e.g. PlayStation.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Kudos 2 is now on steam! omg.
    So here is a bit of a random thing but… I just put a game on steam that I made a LONG time ago, and was never actually released on steam….drumroll… on steam. Its called Kudos 2, so obviously its a sequel.
  2. 5 Steam Deck Mods to Try for Free

    The Stream Deck is a wonderfully capable handheld, even in its stock configuration. Still, installing the best Steam Deck mods recommended in this guide can make it significantly more potent. The best thing about these mods is that they're all completely free, so you don't have to spend more money than you've already invested in the device.

  3. Upgrade Your Steam Deck With WD's Black SN770M for $109: Real Deals
    There's always a battle with your SSD with how many games you can keep stored on your device at one time, so upgrading your storage is often a priority.

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