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  1. 35 minutes ago, Gotters said:

    so you did, will take a read, ta


    10m later - looks a ball ache


    Some sacrifices have to be made for free Tales From Off-Peak City.


    Did I mention the original Off-Peak is wild, rad, and totally free to play? And there's three other games from that creator that are equally weird and great, including one of my favourite games of last year, Betrayal at Club Low?


    Yes? Well, I'm saying it again. There's a demo, too. Not for Off-Peak, though. Because it's free.



  2. 1 hour ago, Lorfarius said:

    I don't bother with any of that, just click Play Euro Sim 2 and it works.


    Looking into it, it reads like DX11 is the default for it, so maybe the other options are for when the game shits the bed.


    But regardless, you'd have to be playing it in some odd way to notice a difference. DXVK 2 w/ the driver update will be more of a benefit to new and non-steam games.


    Not that neither new or non-steam games are needed with ETS2, but it helps someone I guess!

  3. 8 hours ago, Lorfarius said:

    But will it make Euro Truck Simulator 2 run better?


    If you're using the DX11 version when it asks on launch, and haven't connected to the internet at all for some reason or bought the game from another digital store, yes.


    I'm guessing this question didn't really need an answer. But this sort of update to the graphics driver and DXVK helps more for DX11 games on release day, when nobody has the shader cache to share (including Valve themselves via Fossilize). And, as mentioned, any DX11 game that's outside of Steam's ecosystem that allows sharing of shader cache between users.


    I believe DX12 (and Vulkan, alongside the compatibility layer D3D12) does shaders in a similar fashion already - on the other hand, there's only ~300 games that use DX12 according to PCGW, compared to about 3,000 of DX11 games on the market. That, and most DX12 games have their own issues with the Deck (mainly being relatively beefy boys that don't run on the fucking thing that good).

  4. Sounds like Mesa is getting there in terms of implementing the Vulkan graphics pipeline library, hopefully by the next major release in early Feb: https://www.phoronix.com/news/RADV-GPL-Getting-Good


    I know what you're thinking: Siri, what the fuck is this, and why should I care?


    In short: Shader caching/stutter, or to the point, the attempt to eliminate it, for good.


    Back in August or so, DXVK 2.0 came out, and added a feature to use this library to compile shaders during load times rather than when it draws the thing (you know, while you're playing something and then stutters the entire thing). Async still draws on demand, but does it in a way that is unobtrusive (but can generate pop-in elements).


    Nvidia's added that pipeline to their drivers, but the RADV/Mesa drivers don't have it yet - it's being worked on between various companies, but this particular work on RADV has been led by Valve's Linux engineers.


    As mentioned in the lead engineer's blog, the test example on DOTA 2 garners about a 50,000% improvement in shader caching, with a general aim for a compile time of 0.02ms. in other words, no shader compilation, and no stutter.


    Or, for comparison:



    So, with any luck: No more stutter, no more shader cache downloading, and no performance difference between Steam games and non-steam games.


    I mean, hopefully. It's probably going to be shit /mukker

  5. I've just followed this guide to get a proper YouTube front end on the deck - up to 4K display, console UI with controller support and has adblock as standard.


    There's a couple of small nuances with the UI that could be better (2x speed playback is missing, and the scan functions could be more granular instead of every 10 seconds), but the main thing is idle YouTube browsing with ad/sponsor blocking while the deck is docked, and it's rad.

  6. Obligatory: https://hard-drive.net/hd/video-games/proud-raspberry-pi-owner-has-played-five-minutes-of-every-video-game/


    Kinda want to play Pizza Tower, but I'm intimidated by the art style and the fact that I've never played a Wario Land game. I think there's a demo on itch that I'll have to look at first.


    Played through a route of We Know The Devil, but I found it extremely abstract to the point it felt like it aggressively doesn't want to make a lick of sense. I'm hoping Heaven Will Be Mine will be a lot less abrasive.


    I did boot up Kyle Is Famous, though, after owning it for years and never playing it, likely from a humble bundle - it's really good! It's snappy, funny, and it's really digestible due to the limited amount of things you can do in a cycle.

  7. On 25/01/2023 at 11:44, Popo said:


    If you get this working can you let me know how you got on?  I tried, only once, admittedly, and while it paired with the M30, the buttons didn't work.


    Happy birthday. :)


    Going back to this - the M30 definitely works, at least in xinput mode. Hold down Start + X on the pad so the two left LEDs are flashing, then hold the pairing button on the top of the controller down so it'll start in that mode - it should come up in the Bluetooth menu.


    So, the dock. I'm still not convinced it's a great idea - from my limited experience, the unit doesn't wake from any old controller that's paired via Bluetooth, so I'm still throwing myself across the room to play games and that's kind of guff compared to just picking the thing up.


    The image quality is also a little soft when playing at native settings on a large 1080p telly, but that's also a thing my switch does and ultimately more fucking around corrects that, so it's not really a problem.


    Buuuuut, there are things I like! The UI works really well even with an external controller, and I genuinely appreciate having the same level of integrated generic shortcuts on a controller as the Deck itself. Having the Deck's tiny fan at a distance means it blends in with the rest of the room's acoustics so it's anywhere from silent to extremely quiet. Also, the screen automatically turning off when docked means I can just download stuff while it's hardwired to the network, and not worry about lowering the brightness of the screen or moving over to desktop out of paranoia of IPS screen retention.


    So, I'd say it's a nice-to-have thing. I couldn't see myself ponying up for the official dock mind, even with VRR being on the table with the Displayport signal.

  8. 2 hours ago, jonamok said:

    Steam was a bit borked for many people last night for a little while.


    Doesn't Steam go down for maintenance every Tuesday? I normally don't notice it because it's usually 'merica time.


    Anyway, it's my birthday tomorrow, so I've decided to push the boat out like a mad cunt and.. buy a dock. Just a cheapy JSAUX with the gigabit port, but something I can plonk the deck on so I can use a Saturn controller (or the Bluetooth 8bitdo m30).


    I'm still expecting the docked experience to be dogshit, but there's plenty of games out there that are low rent to run and just plug and play. It'll help for downloads too while I'm not around to keep an eye on the machine as it gently balances on the side of the case it came in.

  9. I'm no parent, but I've played the following in bursts during half hour lunch breaks on the deck:


    - Tetris. 150 Line Marathon can be done in about 10-12 mins. Can either be Tetris Effect or Puyo Puyo Tetris.

    - BallisticNG. Campaign's broken up into single races.

    - Abzu. Lovely game, every area fitted in a lunch break over the week.

    - Murder By Numbers. Picross breaks my brainlet, but I'd do a puzzle and some interrogation every time.

    - Subsurface Circular. Lovely investigation game.

    - Later Alligator. same thing.

    - Outrun 2006. Couple of arcade runs or Coast 2 Coast mode missions.

    - Tekken 7. Just play endless Treasure Battle.

    - Virtua Fighter 5 FS. endless.. whatever the ghost battle is called.

    - Tiny Rogues. My current favourite for a spare 10 minutes. Twin Stick roguelike shooter with loot and perk builds. Banging game.

  10. 52 minutes ago, earlymodernsteve said:

    Can you move Outrun to an sd card? I think once installed games can be transferred between drives fairly simply through Steam.


    If it was done by following the instructions on the forum, it's likely installed as a non-steam game, so it's not as simple, unfortunately.


    It can still be moved to an SD card, it'll involve finding the folder that had the game in it (you'd have to have done it as part of adding the game to Steam), and moving that entire folder to the SD card (as it should have both the game files and the save files - but I can check my own install to verify that).


    EDIT: yeah, checked my own files - Outrun 2006 puts its own save files in the same folder as all the game data.


    So - check where you installed it via desktop mode (if you want a reminder, you can check the properties of the game in Steam), find it, and move the entire thing to the SD card. When you get the replacement Deck, you can either move it back on the internal memory or just keep it on the SD card, and add the game back to Steam as per the tutorial by pointing it at the game and telling it to run via Proton. Done!

  11. 13 minutes ago, Stanley said:

    Less than a week owning one, Steam Deck is quite good isn’t it ;)


    It's terrible for my spare time and my main computer and consoles. They've all been relegated to YouTube streaming services while the Deck's in my hands.


    Been seeing a lot of chatter about the deck and future games because of the DF article and Aya bringing out yet another line of handhelds. 


    I wish I could care for it, but after seven hours of ETS2, I don't think I will. I got enough games to last me a lifetime already.

  12. Yeah, I do the second option, it's perfectly do-able while I figure out the right camera/method for reversing. I think using the free cam and anticipating the cab to move the trailer the right way is fucking it up.


    Although I also got fucked up when they started me in the yard the wrong way around and had to do a three point turn :lol:


    Actual killer app, what the fuck. I'm amazed it hasn't been ported yet.



  13. Thanks to you bunch of bastards, I downloaded ETS2 to my deck after playing maybe.. 30 or so minutes of being confused about it on PC. After a couple of hours on it, I pretty much have gotten the grasp of it with the basic bitch automatic transmission and not having a clue about proper parking. All I wanted to do was see if it looked like shit.



  14. 16 minutes ago, Gotters said:

    reading the discussions on Steam the loader looks an issue on Deck with many reporting they couldn't get it loaded, some saying it was fine. 


    worth a punt I guess with the refund available


    Depends on the time frame of those reports - there was a period that pretty much all EA games didn't work after they changed from Origin to their new EA App.


    As long as you use Proton Experimental, EA games should be fine. I'd find out myself, but most of my storage space is occupied and I can't be arsed buying a fourth SD card!

  15. Note that limiting TDP also controls thermals - the fan won't kick up as much.


    Although saying all that, the chip in this thing does seem to behave most of the time, it's mostly only worth it if you're either hyper sensitive for fan noise, you really need that extra 5 minutes on Cyberpunk to save, or you're playing something that needs all the graphics power and none of the CPU power, and vice-versa (for the latter, you can use the GPU Speed slider together with the TDP slider to get that desired effect).

  16. 26 minutes ago, Mystacon said:

    I really really need to stop buying games and start playing some instead


    This is the part where all the new deck owners start playing some PC bullshit that sucks them in for a billion hours.


    I've got my popcorn ready (and a side order of Civ V)


    In other news: played some Mothmen 1966 over lunch. Great visual style for a creepy horror story game, really pops on the screen with VibrantDeck.


    Also, DroidX seem to be stocking 1TB 2230 SSDs from some Shenzhen company (KingSpec). £140 is a pretty good price, but I'm probably going to wait until the Sabrent Rocket drives are back in stock, IIRC they're only about a tenner more.

  17. 17 minutes ago, Stanley said:

    How so you access the setting that lets you adjust frame rate and refresh rate? 


    The flat bottom-right button with three dots on it. It's known as the QAM (quick access menu) button.


    Also, hold onto either the Steam or QAM button for a few seconds - it'll pull up a list of handy commands (they're also universal - for example, pulling up the keyboard can be done with either Steam Button + X, or the QAM button + X)

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