A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs!

A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs

THE JOYS OF BUILDING YOUR OWN PC ARE UNIQUE. Yes, it might be really difficult, but there’s a good reason why buying a pre-built PC is far simpler than building one yourself. It’s not as easy as just placing the parts in a tower, connecting them, and turning on the computer if you haven’t had the pleasure of building your own.

Your processor, motherboard, and graphics card, among other components, may not function properly for a variety of reasons that you’ve never even considered. Will you increase the processor’s speed? Do you require liquid cooling for your system? Even so, can it accommodate liquid cooling?

I used to lead a risk-taking life as a nerd. I’d watch for component sales, switch out graphics cards for the best performance, look at my display aimlessly while the BIOS was flashing, and just hope for the best. My PC was a constant source of annoyance, but there was also such relief when I held my breath, powered it on, and it just worked.

A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs


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Sincerely, it’s a way of life that I abandoned more than ten years ago. Because turning on the system was typically all that was required, I ultimately came to the conclusion that I enjoyed playing console games. I had become weary of fiddling and attempting to make things function. I chose simplicity because I wanted it, and I haven’t looked back. I won’t even pretend that I’ve missed it.

Until I got my hands on a Steam Deck, that is. I’ve written a lot about this amazing small piece of technology. I didn’t anticipate using it much for experimentation when I initially acquired it. I simply intended to use Steam to play some of the PC games I had missed.

But then I overheard someone discussing how they had successfully installed Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on their Steam Deck. And I have to say, it was like a beacon in the darkness.

My mind was blown by that seemingly unimportant post. All of a sudden, all I wanted to do was figure out how to play as many games on my Steam Deck that was available on other platforms.

Thanks to my husband, I have a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. I started searching online.

A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs

I have very little knowledge of Linux, but when I first started constructing my own PCs, I had very little knowledge of Windows as well, and I managed to make it work.

Before I explain how to accomplish this (or, at the very least, link to the sources that told me how to do it because I lack the technical know-how to do it on my own), let me make the following disclaimer: Don’t bother with this if you’re extremely picky about FPS, response time, and visual quality, or if lagging, in general, irritates you.

Yes, the games will run, but don’t anticipate ultra-high resolution or fast frame rates. Given how experimental everything is, I’m honestly surprised I haven’t run into many problems. However, my FrankenSteam could malfunction at any time. Get a keyboard and mouse for your Deck as well. It greatly simplifies the process.

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Because Microsoft explicitly offers the directions, setting up Xbox Game Pass Ultimate was easy. Although it is still in beta, I had no problems using it—even when I was traveling and using a somewhat slow internet connection. Star Wars: Squadrons was mostly played without any obvious lag or other problems.

It’s crucial to remember that PlayStation Remote Play doesn’t function outside of my local network and that it was a little trickier to use. This excellent tutorial article is from Reddit user mintcu7000. I would only add that you should copy and paste the PSN Account ID Base64 script into Chiaki after running the script on your Deck.

(When I attempted to run it on my PC and enter it in, I consistently received errors.) This method works so much better than PS streaming to my iPad—I’ve played Stray for about four hours—and it is quite convenient (which is choppy, laggy, and mostly unusable).

What surprised me was how much I enjoyed the process—almost as much as the outcome—of doing this. It’s wonderful to be able to play the majority of my game collection on my Steam Deck, but it’s also really exciting to fiddle with the system’s code and makes it function. Every time I utilize one of these features, I feel proud since I was instrumental in making it possible.

All I can think about right now is what I’ll find out next. Is anybody familiar with the Switch’s remote play capabilities?


Kimberly is a freelance writer with a love of writing and traveling. She has been writing for most of her life and has been published in various magazines and online publications. She writes about entertainment, technology, and lifestyle-related topics at Gadgetgrapevine.com. Kimberly is always looking for new writing opportunities and loves learning about new cultures and experiences.

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