I recently got my Steam Deck and in addition to playing a ton of games, I also made a few modifications.
A new skin.
One of the few things I dislike about the Steam Deck is the smoothness and lack of grip. I added a skin from https://dbrand.com/shop/steam-deck-skins/details and it feels much better. I won’t go into the details of applying the skin since the videos they provide are better than I could, but I do have a few tips.
Take your time. What they did in the 12 minute video took me just over an hour.
Use heat. It will make the material more pliable and easier to work with.
A custom boot screen.
I also added a custom boot video and I’ll share the steps below.
Change System Update Channel.
Press the STEAM button and scroll down to Settings
Set Beta Participation to Preview
Update and restart the Steam Deck
Go to Desktop Mode.
Hold the power button until the menu appears
Select Switch to Desktop
Create the file to store your videos.
Open Dolphin by clicking the file icon on the bottom left side of the screen
Select the hamburger icon (3 lines) and select Show Hidden Files
Navigate to ~/.steam/root/config
Create a folder called “uioverrides” and open it.
Inside the uioverrides folder, create a new folder named “movies”.
Get you video ready.
Rename the video you want to use as “deck_startup.webm”
Move that file to the movies file you created earlier. I use FileZilla to transfer the file.
Restart your Steam Deck and watch your new boot animation.
Last Monday I received my Steam Deck and it has taken up a lot of my time. After playing with it for a while here are my first impressions.
The Steam Deck is huge. It’s not uncomfortable to hold or play on, but it is much larger than any other portable I used. Unlike my 3DS which mostly lives in my backpack, the Steam Deck fits but is too bulky to leave in unless I plan on using it. The casing is very smooth so I will be adding a skin soon.
Most of my games work.
I’m sure the fact that my main PC is Linux (Pop!_OS) is a factor but most of my games work on the Steam Deck with little or no modifications. Steam cloud saves seem to work flawlessly. Proton DB will be your friend.
You need a memory card.
You will probably need a few. I have the 256GB model and space gets used up fast. GTA IV takes up most of it. There are better cards out there but the SanDisk 1TB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card seems to work good for the price.
Get a dock.
I don’t plan on playing the Steam Deck while docked. I can just use my PC, but a dock is helpful while using Desktop Mode. It’s possible to use Desktop Mode without a dock but that is not ideal. If you want to do anything in Desktop Mode you will want to attach a mouse and keyboard. I have used the Anker USB C Hub and the JSAUX Docking Station. They both work fine.