When I first saw the Steam Deck last year, I knew I was going to buy one. The idea of taking my entire Steam library with me on the go is an intriguing prospect.
Yes, I know this is already possible with the right laptop, but I’ve had no luck with gaming laptops in the past (my Zephyrus came close… until it was destroyed). However, the idea of a handheld device designed specifically for playing my favorite games appealed to me.
Mainly I wanted to be able to jump in The Lord of the Rings Online and do some quests on the fly. I wanted to be able to mine asteroids EVE Online when traveling on an airplane, or pick up some new crafting supplies RuneScape.
Unfortunately, after working with the Steam Deck for the past week, the results have been rather mediocre. Compatibility is a big issue, as is controlling titles that weren’t really designed for a gamepad. Games like start The Elder Scrolls Online wasn’t easy, and apparently a title that worked before, viz Final Fantasy XIV, can no longer be started in Linux without major adjustments. Luckily, IGN posted a video showing that it was playable before (and hopefully will be again).
Even Steam exclusive MMOs like it New world do not work entirely on the device. I can choose my character in Amazon’s MMO, but it doesn’t really let me connect to a server. Too bad, I was really looking forward to trying the latest update in bed last night, but alas, maybe one day.
One title that surprised me by performing almost flawlessly was Swords of Legends Online. Sitting in a coffee shop the other day and sipping an expertly made Americano while walking through Cloudrise was divine. It reminded me why I wanted something like this: the full PC MMO experience in the palm of your hand.
war frame is another title that, while not Steam Deck Verified by Valve, is doing outrageously well. The classic graphic settings, war frame never falls from its 60fps target, and offers the fast-paced and flashy experience I’ve come to love since I started the looter MMO in earnest last year.
However, it made me think: how many people out there are like me? Who else saw the Steam Deck and thought portable MMO device? Sure, I’ll play other games on the Steam deck. My daughter and I started a playthrough of Omori on device last week and I’ve been tinkering with my mountain cabin Walheim yesterday. Other titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn are better on my main pc but when I get the urge to take down some metal dinos on the street I can now do that.
What do you think of the Steam Deck? Is it something you’d be interested in, and if so, are there any MMOs you’d specifically like to see on the device? Let us know in the comments below.
https://www.mmorpg.com/editorials/mmos-on-the-go-would-you-buy-a-steam-deck-or-other-handheld-pc-for-your-favorite-mmo-2000124700 MMOs on the go: Would you buy a Steam Deck or other handheld PC for your favorite MMO?