Running the Steam Deck interface on an Aya Neo

“Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.” -Wayne Gretzky

I was interested in seeing how well the new Steam Deck interface would run on my Aya Neo 2021 Pro. A post over on Reddit pointed me in the right direction. In this video I am running a beta channel build of the Steam application that enables the handheld interface that will be introduced with the Steam Deck. This is running on Windows 11 using an AMD 4800u processor. Enjoy!

Here’s what user GB_2_ shared:

Windows:
Open the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\package\

Create a file simply named beta if it isn’t already there and replace all of its content with this text: steampal_stable_9a24a2bf68596b860cb6710d9ea307a76c29a04d

Then on a link to Steam (for example on your Desktop) right click, go to Properties and add this to the “Target:” text field: -gamepadui (make sure there’s a space before the -)

Linux:
Open the folder ~/.steam/steam/package

Create a file simply named beta if it isn’t already there and replace all of its content with this text: steampal_stable_9a24a2bf68596b860cb6710d9ea307a76c29a04d

Then run steam with the argument -gamepadui

Dennis "Fox" Bonilla has been a user experience designer, software developer, and digital strategist. Dennis is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Baltu Technologies. Dennis created Unified Pop Theory with his friends in attempt to bookmark and comment on novel intersections of technology, science, and the arts. Dennis is a trend finder and idea maker who is inspired by individuals that believe the world can be changed one great project at a time. Dennis can be reached on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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