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  1. 31 minutes ago, StumpyJohn said:

    Wrote a massive rant about the 8bitdo 'ultimate' 2.4g wireless pad last night but finally after 2+ hours I did manage to actually get in almost fully working. 🤬

    It still randomly turned itself off a few times so it is back in the box and getting returned to Amazon.


    Think I'm now just going to get an extra Series S/X controller to use with my docked deck.


    2.4g always sounds like a faff - although I've also had shit situations with controllers on Bluetooth via Windows, they've been A-OK on Linux.


    Heck, the PS4 controller was nothing but a headache on Windows - constant lag and drop-outs no matter what I used (DS4W, DS4W w/ a different Bluetooth stack, using a Mayflash dongle or trying Steam's controller input). Not even a blip on my tiny Linux desktop or the Deck, even with the same hardware dongle.


    Anyway - haven't actually been playing much due to late nights, and the remainder of those late nights have been spent starting up all my downloaded games for the first time so they'll work once offline.


    I did find myself pulling away from Lumines Remastered to carry on with that task, though. What a delight!

  2. 23 minutes ago, deerokus said:

    For some games I have mouse clicks assigned to touching the top of the thumb sticks. The surface of the sticks is touch sensitive which means you don't need to use any pressure or anything. Mouse control on one track pad and right click on the stick surface on the other side. Works brilliantly for games where there's a lot of mouse clicking but not much else going on controlwise. 


    3 minutes ago, Paulando said:

    Yeah, this works well!


    Agreed - I did this to play Clannad for like 20 hours, it works out a lot better than tapping the touchscreen (which isn't really great in terms of response or accuracy - one of the few things that is legitimately a negative about the deck).


    It's also really good as an action set toggle, or activating gyro as soon as you start waggling the analog for broad stroke movements (and using the gyro to do the precision movements, or adding to the acceleration for 180 spins).

  3. 4 minutes ago, Paulando said:

    Trackpad is fine as long as left/right click is assigned to something other than the trackpad buttons.


    I don't mind that on some games, really. I use trackpad clicks for slower games like visual novels and such, or on Diablo II Remastered / Diablo IV - where the controller is set up to be a controller, and the pad is just there to navigate Battle.net and click the 'Play' button.


    Inscryption's most popular layout has both the left d-pad and analogue handling the WASD manipulation of the play area, the right analog and right trackpad handled the mouse movements and left/right clicks were on the triggers and buttons. I gravitated to the right analog more, but I think that was because I touched the trackpad, noticed how slow it was and thought 'I can't be arsed modifying this to make it usable'.


    But, yeah, I wouldn't yuck anyone's yum over it. That's just embarrassing.

  4. 8 hours ago, moosegrinder said:

    Hopefully be taking delivery of one of these this week all being well. I'm looking forward to completely ignoring all emulation and fucking about and just playing the games that have been installed on my PC but unplayed for years because I fucking hate gaming at my PC. Inscryption runs well, aye?


    Going back to this - yeah, Inscryption runs well on both the Linux binary and via Proton (tried both by accident to try and retain my old completed save, not that it matters).


    There's like one deck community configuration on Steam that was 100,000 hours, lol. I tried it, it's pretty much all you need, outside of tweaking the sensitivity of the trackpad and mapping a certain keybind to unlock something without beating the game again.

  5. I've still got Game Pass until Oct 2025, but I'll probably treat it like any other entertainment sub after that point. If there's no offers on, Just sub when there's something I absolutely have to play.


    This year is definitely worth the cash with Forza, Redfall and Starfield, and I'm certainly sure Microsoft will bring something cracking out long after my cheapy sub has ended. The only difference is I'll be paying when something is actually out, everything else that's third party can be picked up on PC for a tidy sum via humble or whatever.

  6. I think in addition to trying Inscryption this evening, I'm going to start the long, arduous journey of starting up every game that I've got installed on my Steam Deck at least once, to prepare for a few long haul flights in a month and a half.


    The usual suspects are already good to go, I just need to get everything else ready before I promptly ignore them and play Tetris for 18 hours

  7. 5 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

    Hopefully be taking delivery of one of these this week all being well. I'm looking forward to completely ignoring all emulation and fucking about and just playing the games that have been installed on my PC but unplayed for years because I fucking hate gaming at my PC. Inscryption runs well, aye?


    Should do. I haven't played since Kaycee's Mod got released, but I can have a quick peek this evening as I'm free from the clutches of Diablo IV.


    And, yeah, ignore emulation if you can unless you really want to play one specific thing at a time. Choice paralysis is bad enough with the average Steam Library anyway.


    Of course, I say that after spending the weekend playing something that's not on Steam.

  8. 16 minutes ago, Gotters said:

    I take it there is some news for 360 Steam Deck emulation - anybody care to expand on that as if I look for xenia news not seeing anything very exciting


    Long story short - Xenia's canary branch had some Vulkan renderer updates that makes more commercial games play nicely in its currently experimental state.


    It's still primarily a DX12-only emulator until the Vulkan renderer is fully featured, but it's gone from 'I hope you like Goldeneye' to 'hey Lost Odyssey is basically full speed even when you double the framerate of the original version via a patch'.

  9. Alright, got to level 25 on Necro. I think I'm happy to call it there.


    In all, I think I like it. Not to a fever pitch amount like Diablo 3 before it came out, but those were different times.


    I'm glad that the itemisation is mostly a lot better than Diablo 3's core stat hunting wankery - there's actual affixes that give +1 to skills for one, and quite a few legendary mods do give some nice benefits early on. The lack of sets on launch might hurt, but it sounds like it's more a long tail thing, so fair enough.


    Also, looks like some passives have a lot of impact - gaining essence on consuming corpses was a big QoL on corpse explosion in my time playing.


    But most importantly, it just felt right to play. A bit slower than D3 and a lot slower than peak PoE, but combat had weight, played well on a controller and I felt compelled to keep playing.


    And as mentioned, even on low, it looked gorgeous on the Steam Deck and generally held together at 40hz. And yes, I'm fully aware that the game's online only and playing on a portable doesn't make sense - I've used phone tethering to run PoE maps on a work lunch break, so I know what's up.


    Unfortunately, I think one of the main reasons I jumped at Diablo 3 on launch because you could pick up a PC boxed game for cheap from retailers, and I wouldn't be surprised if that will no longer be the case after umpteen years. We'll see, I guess.

  10. 2 hours ago, Opinionated Ham Scarecrow said:


    Well I guess this is what I'm doing now with my morning coffee.


    FYI: This will only work with the very latest Xenia Canary, as it's brought a lot of Vulkan Changes that's made some games like this possible now (and RDR1, but that needs more parts implemented to get a framerate over 10-20fps) - I'm not sure if Emudeck is using that yet, so you might have to fuck around with it.


    Also, Lost Odyssey is 30fps by default, so to get the 60/40hz stuff you'll need a patch for the game itself.


    EDIT: here's a guide with a link to the emulator:



  11. I don't refund often, but I think the only time I got refused a refund was when I wanted get rid of an unplayed copy of Gris after it came to humble bundle. Normally I'd be in my rights, but it was like three weeks after I bought it instead of the 14 days policy, so that's fair.


    I do remember successfully refunding a WWE 2K game on the basis of 'It's not fun', though.

  12. 3 minutes ago, footle said:

    @SumireIt was server lag. The skeletons jumping every few frames behind me I saw yesterday wasn’t a problem this morning.


    I think it's also server instancing, too, in rare occasions - when I got through the initial tutorial bit, I had that skeleton stutter in town until I went into another area that required loading. The animation corrected itself, and then when I went back into the overworld which is back where you can interact with others it was still fine.


    Played a bit more, got a couple of legendary pieces now and it's nice to see some juicier suffixes. I'm still compelled to play it after an evening, which is a good sign compared to its contemporaries.

  13. 1 minute ago, Vimster said:

    81gb for a demo? Jesus.


    If you're on PC, you can lower it to 40gb by opting out of 4k textures. Which, well, is alright for the Steam Deck.


    Speaking of the Deck - I followed some advice on Reddit and raised the max VRAM in the BIOS to the maximum (4gb), which seems to have resolved the crashing issues I had. At least, enough where I actually got a good couple of hours out of the game before signing out.


    As for the game itself, it's.. okay. It looks lovely on the Deck even with everything on the low preset. Very wordy, so I'm not sure if I'll enjoy subsequent playthroughs with other characters. Necro is good fun, I quite like using the ranged reaper attack and then corpse exploding the rest of the pack. It does feel slow compared to D3 and even post-nerf Path of Exile, but I guess they're trying to emulate the grimdark of the first two diablo games in pace as well as theme.


    I don't think it's sold me on the game yet like how Diablo 3 did with the jaunt to the skeleton king, but I might have a look when it's a bit more affordable.

  14. Boo - played a bit more, game crashed again, look at queue - 140 mins this time.


    I think I'll wait until tomorrow morning to play again - it's clear I'll have to fuck around with ProtonGE and video settings to get it running well, and I can't be doing that while it takes hours to get in. I can sit there watching YouTube while in the queue, but it's a waste of videogame time!

  15. 16 minutes ago, ontwofronts said:

    I’ve finally picked up a dock and my 8bitdo controller is having one of those days, which will no doubt end up with it taking a flight shortly…


    Ive a drawer full of PS4, Xbox controllers, will they be any good to me? If not, what is the go to controller of our hive mind?


    I use a PS4 controller, it works great for me.


    Regarding the 8bitdo controller though, have you tried the different modes? Starting it up while holding the button for xinput mode usually does it for me (on the SN30 Pro, it's start and either X or Y, can't remember which).


    I also had a retrobit Saturn pad that freaks out with anything other than xinput, from testing. And that's wired.

  16. Well, played a good ten minutes before I hard locked the Steam Deck and got back into an hour queue! Could be anything, though, it's a beta after all.


    Started with Necro, I'm enjoying the Scythe skill a lot to help manage what your summons are killing - it's slow, but it has massive AoE. I also love how grimy the world is and the initial customisation of the character.

  17. 2 minutes ago, Strafe said:

    Diablo 4 isn’t on steam so I guess it’s a Battle.net exclusive. Did anyone get the beta going on deck and how easy/hard is it to do so?


    I've installed it, but I haven't ran it yet. I have played other Blizzard games on the deck, though.


    It shouldn't be hard by following any recent video guide - essentially, they all boil down to running the battle.net installer in proton, finding the files you installed and running the launcher, and then installing the game you want. As an extra thing, you can link to the game's launcher directly and making it share the same files as battle.net, but just having battle.net is enough.

  18. 3 minutes ago, ph0rce said:

    I don't think I need the official dock, any recommendation for one of the third party ones please? I know there's been a variety sprinkled through the thread but I'm not sure if one is considered better than the others?


    Generally that's the case - unless you're after something specific (like the M2 slot on that one JSAUX dock, or Displayport/Freesync on the Valve dock), they pretty much offer the same stuff on a sliding scale of features to price.


    Just make sure it has a Gigabit Ethernet port and maybe a HDMI port with a 4k60fps signal, and you're probably good with whatever Amazon has a deal on at that moment in time. Even then, you might not need that stuff, either, which then that makes it incredibly inexpensive.

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