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I had the opportunity to borrow a friend’s Steam Deck for about a month in July, but now I have my own!


Here are the steps that I went through to installing and configuring EmuDeck for my emulation needs.

From: https://www.emudeck.com/#how_to_install

  1. If you plan to store your roms on a SD card..Format your SD Card in Steam UI. SD Cards need to be on ext4 (or btrfs) to work on EmuDeck. Then go into Desktop mode by pressing the STEAM button, Power -> Switch to Desktop
  2. Download the Installer down below, copy that file to your Deck’s Desktop and run it.
  3. Now close Steam and run Steam Rom Manager when asked by the app.
  4. Click on Preview, then Generate App list, wait for all the images to download and then click Save App list. The first time it could take some minutes, check on the Event Log tab to know when the process is finished.
  5. Close Steam Rom Manager and the Installer window, click on “Return to game mode” on your desktop and you are good to go!

BONUS: You can use EmuDeck with EmulationStation right out of the box, no configuration needed! After you run Steam Rom Manager you will see it on Steam in a new Emulation Collection

Installing EmuDeck

  • Boot in to desktop mode
  • Install Firefox
    • Click on the icon in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen
  • Go to https://www.emudeck.com/#download and click “Download app”
  • Open file browser
    • Execute the EmuDeck.desktop file (probably in your $HOME/Downloads folder)
    • I selected Easy Mode during installation
  • Ends with:

    Remember to add your games here: /home/deck/Emulation/roms

    And your Bios (PS1, PS2, Yuzu, Ryujinx) here: /home/deck/Emulation/bios

Setup deck user / Enable sshd

Rather than use a microSD card for moving things around, I opted to use the fact that the Steam Deck is running Linux, and simply use the built in SSH daemon.

  • Open Konsole app
  • type passwd and set a new password
  • Turn on sshd with sudo systemctl start sshd
    • Check your ip address with ip a

Installing Emulators / Files

Sync bios, roms, and saves files from main computer.

cd $PATH_TO_ROMS  # /mnt/c/Documents and Settings/Ian Lee/OneDrive/Documents/Emulation/
rsync -av ./bios/ deck@
rsync -av ./roms/ deck@
rsync -av ./saves/ deck@

Configure Emulators

  • In the taskbar, right click the Steam icon and Exit Steam
  • Open Steam ROM Manager
  • Enable / Disable any parsers (emulators) you don’t want down the left sidebar
  • Go to Preview
    • Click Generate app list
    • Adjust any game art you want
    • Click Save app list
  • Close installer window (if not already)
  • Execute Return to Gaming Mode from the desktop