PlayStation 5 |OT| This SSD has no limits

Pretty much all video output. Essentially, plugging the Deck into the dock outputs the video well enough, but only once per boot. If you unplug it and plug it back in, it just outputs a black screen while the Deck’s screen stays frozen.

The problem is that this happens every time you put it to sleep too. It also means that swapping back and forth between handheld and docked is clunky.

This problem reared its head again when I wanted to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales. One of the reasons I bought the official dock even though I heard it had issues is that I knew Valve supports it with firmware updates, and that they had added VRR. Well, I turned VRR on for Miles Morales and boom, black screen. And now I can’t disable it. Which means I can only play that game handheld or if I connect it to another of my (significantly less good) displays. I had ticked the “use this graphics profile for just this game” selection before messing with it, and I don’t know if the problem would have occurred for everything if I hadn’t.

I had a few other issues here and there about scaling and automatically-set resolution too that I can’t remember off the top of my head. It all just really soured me on using the dock at all, which is a shame since that was intended to be my primary use case.

I wasn’t expecting smoothness on the level of the Switch, but it was really disheartening to see. Even more so because, if you look at the Steam Deck subreddit (and look past the one million useless posts about “hey guys here’s a photo of my new baby/cat/game gear next to my deck!!!”) you’ll find that updates to the deck itself have been part of what broke the dock, and it’s been months.

I’m no stranger to tinkering with computers, but Linux is a bit beyond me so all the fixes I haltingly tried I had to make while uncomfortably unaware of their effect. On the level of “open up the console and type ‘sudo some.url.github download latest fx t - - pm -xyzzy’” and hope you didn’t just fuck yourself.

Admittedly, if you only ever want to use it docked, don’t mind the interruption of fully turning it off when you’re done and on when you want to play, and are willing to overlook issues, these things aren’t a huge deal.

But it all speaks to what an excellent package the device is. Even though I mostly got it for docked play, I love it even in handheld. The breadth of the library is outrageous. When things work, they work great. Emulation is a snap. It’s surprisingly comfortable despite its weight. SteamInput is staggeringly good. Tuning games to your preference can be fun in its own right and lets you get more or less out of the more than decent battery. The screen on the OLED is phenomenal. Upgrading the onboard storage is supposedly very simple. Streaming from my Series X and PS4 is flawless and responsive (though the PlayStation streaming was a bit of a pain). If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and mess with the desktop mode, you can get stuff like a P.T. port or a widescreen port of Link’s Awakening or a recreation of the Hawkthorne game they play on Community running. And the games can be so damn cheap if you’re willing to keep an eye out.

It really is all the positives of PC gaming in as close to a console experience as it can manage. But the dock is shit.

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I mean it’s just one person who probably forgot to switch account, not representative of Insomniac who have a lot of cool and nice people.

But I find it funny that Ms has a hold on a now Sony IP like that :sweat_smile:

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Probably, but do not be fooled. nobody would talk about Stellar Blade if it was not exclusive to ps5.

Where exactly did I say it was “indie of the day”? Do you usually intentionally misqoute people you are conversing with?

It’s probably a Playstation led conspiracy to trick people into buying a terrible game.

Or it’s an online only game like Suicide Squad which will get reviews over time post release.

But probably the former.

Yeah you’re probably right, I just feel if Xbox did something similar for Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory) there would be more uproar.

Technically Naughty Dog created Crash Bandicoot too!

They sold Crash to Activision, but Sunset Overdrive is legally theirs now, they just realistically can’t do anything with it if they don’t reach a deal with MS :laughing:

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If it’s anything like AW, MS has 10 years of publishing for SO1. Then we’d probably see a remake/remaster before even considering possilbity of SO2.

Reading all of that, that freaking sucks. Thank you for the detailed information. I really hope that Valve can fix the issues that you’re having. And if they do Steam Deck 2.0 for example, I hope it’s a great docked experience.

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If you’re not planning to use portable functionality I’m not sure why you’d go with a Steam Deck over a PC in Big Picture mode. Is it because it’ll be a little more user friendly?

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Mainly because it’s cheaper, more user friendly and doesn’t take up a lot of room/space. I just need what the Steam Deck currently is with at least native 1080p output, 60FPS minimum, good CPU, GPU, RAM, 1 TB SSD and the capability to output HDR and whatnot.

I have looked at PC Desktops and to get what I want, it’s at least $5000 give or take. Problem is that im a laptop PC guy and don’t want a massive desktop and these are more expensive and use mobile chip versions of their desktop equivalents so if im going to go that way, I would prefer to just get the next Steam Deck and docking station.

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Well, make sure you do your research.

For instance. Buying a Steam Deck solely for docked usage sounds like taking on some limitations that are unnecessary with no benefits.

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I’m aware. It’s why im waiting until next generation starts before deciding 100%. By then, Valve should hopefully have a new better Steam Deck available and better docking capabilities. :slight_smile:

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We probably need a PC gaming thread, lol. If there isn’t one already.

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Hahaha. True.

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I’ve previously built myself a small factor PC for use with my TV, yet I’ve also looked at the Steam Deck as an easy option for docking lol.

I’ve instead decided I’ll upgrade my PC at some point, but my graphics card will then be more powerful than the CPU so that’ll need an upgrade at some point which means a new motherboard and probably new RAM.

But let’s face it, that’s a pain lol - so if they released a new Steam box or Deck 2.0 that docked well, I’d be very tempted as hopefully games would be optimised for it like consoles so I didn’t have to upgrade all the time…

That’s part of why I’m thinking a PS5 Pro sounds appealing to me lol

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Agree completely.

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Helldivers 2 is really fun, but these devs feel in over their heads. Outside of persistent server issues, I went from high settings at 50-60 FPS to needing to drop to low just for a consistent 60 FPS. Still broken despite the below update. Where’s Nixxes, what was the point?

(1) Patch 005 and performance issues (PC) : Helldivers (reddit.com)

Day 1 PC probably makes it more challenging to come out with a perfect port up front, no longer get to take your time on a polished code base and gotta develop in parallel with the PS5 version.

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This seems like it’s been a consistent issue for PlayStation. Heard Horizon and TLOU were bad ports as well.