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July 18th, 2021, 18:36
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I have the router imposed by the provider, and another router I reused to cover a part of the house which is "too far" (walls and ceiling) from the 1st. I admit networking is not my strong suit, but the main reason is I'm a bit lazy too I'm sure I could configure the other router to act as a transparent wi-fi repeater but it usually works very well like it is now - just my smartphone which suddenly became stupid (it usually remains on the weaker of both signals, even if there's a huge difference).
The latter problem is where a mesh can help with that. What makes it a mesh, rather than than a collection of access points, is in the way it handles smooth transfer from point to point, while your device still thinks it's constantly attached, and there's no fighting over which point to connect to. Doesn't replace your router - you just disable the router wifi, connect one of the access points to the router ethernet, and off you go. If the phone thing does bug you, might be worth looking at one day.
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There's another aspect to the Steam Deck that hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread. If this thing sells enough units and gains traction, then it becomes a platform that game developers will want to support -- and it runs a Linux-based OS, using Proton for Windows game compatibility. Giving major game developers an economic motive to support Linux gaming through Proton on the Steam Deck would have the side effect of making Linux+Proton a lot more viable on the desktop.

I'm tempted to buy a Steam Deck for that reason alone.
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July 18th, 2021, 18:45
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The latter problem is where a mesh can help with that. What makes it a mesh, rather than than a collection of access points, is in the way it handles smooth transfer from point to point, while your device still thinks it's constantly attached, and there's no fighting over which point to connect to. Doesn't replace your router - you just disable the router wifi, connect one of the access points to the router ethernet, and off you go. If the phone thing does bug you, might be worth looking at one day.
Good to know, thanks for the tip!
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July 18th, 2021, 18:51
Originally Posted by khaight View Post
There's another aspect to the Steam Deck that hasn't been mentioned yet in this thread. If this thing sells enough units and gains traction, then it becomes a platform that game developers will want to support -- and it runs a Linux-based OS, using Proton for Windows game compatibility. Giving major game developers an economic motive to support Linux gaming through Proton on the Steam Deck would have the side effect of making Linux+Proton a lot more viable on the desktop.

I'm tempted to buy a Steam Deck for that reason alone.
Yep, that's how I see it, and a big part of my interest. And a lot of folks, especially kids, could be using these for general PC purposes, and getting used to a nice clean Linux desktop.
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July 18th, 2021, 21:35
Khaight, I bet you've nailed exactly what Valve/Steam is both hoping and praying will actually happen with this item. Time will tell.
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The hardware, battery, or control layout will probably be ok. I think they are more than fine. There seems a (big) market for the device too.

I think linux+proton is exactly the critical point here. It came a long way from early wine from what I heard, but browsing protondb I still see many games with quirks (however slightly they are). They need games to be at least platinum or native to reach the mainstream audience.

They can mitigate it on rollout by providing a good curated list of games in steam that work well (including controls / screen layout). Btw, anybody knows the impact on battery life by using wine / proton?
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Well, for those who are interested…

https://www.pcgamer.com/steam-deck-dev-kits/

Want to get your hands on a Steam Deck? Valve is taking dev kit requests now

It'll be a few more months until we get our hands on retail versions of the Steam Deck…or will it? The odds are unlikely, but we're just saying that if you're feeling lucky, Valve has announced it's starting to take requests for dev kit versions of the highly anticipated handheld gaming device.
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