The former is already happening. The latter is a line that some people won't cross for good reasons.
Regardless, I also like my deck. I recently read that one of the favorite games I have on mine, Into the Breach, is getting a free update in July. Will happily take that.
Yeah you're right but Sony is still holding on to a few properties (Ghost of Tsushima) for now. I guess they can be considered "timed-exclusives" for Playstation consoles. I agree with you about emulating active consoles still being sold. You should support those devs if there are legal means to buy the games so they can afford to make more games for you. I am more interested in games that are not easily-acquired due to eshop closures or Nintendo making you re-buy the same game on multiple digital shops for each console.
I want to fiddle, but I also just want to play. Getting emulators going was a goal and playing my backlog. I'll wait and see what pans out software-wise as that will only get better. I don't really need the big AAA stuff, thus having a portable indie box with more features than the Switch is what I wanted all along.
EmuDeck seems to be your best bet
Some of the emulators are a pain to get up and running, others are pretty straight forward. Getting DOS-based games to run has been a mystery I haven’t overcome yet, but also haven’t dedicated much time to it.
A couple generals tips/observations -
1. If you plan to use desktop mode much, invest in a decent Bluetooth keyboard and mouse … Logitech has some nice small ones that work well.
2. Don’t bother with a dock for right now … using the deck on a tv is just a bad experience at the moment. It’s not a Switch, so don’t expect that you can just plug it in and it will look good.
3. Temper your gaming expectations … there are many games that run great, but there are also a number of games that should easily run that just don’t or require a ton of tweaking. Most of us have huge Steam libraries, so it’s not a big deal … but you will find games that just flat out crash or perform oddly.
I spent 2-3 solid weeks on GOG Dos games. I can help you. So far I have figured out ways to get most games to work at least in in Desktop mode. I know you can create dosbox scripts to get them to work in Gaming mode too. I found using the Dos-box-X in desktop mode allows you to mount the ".gog" CD image file (navigating the top of the screen menus) and then using the "quick launch exe" option to find the executable you want works to at least get things running. I think you could create a dosbox script to mount the image file and then run the executable. You should be able to execute that script by adding it as a non-steam game to your library to get it working in game mode.
Money spent so far on Steam Summer sale: $0.
Money spent on Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale: Approximately $250.00.
It's all about relative price points, bros!
I will never understand how/why worthless candles are a reasonable way to spend $250 over a game collection that offers a much longer experience and enjoyment. If they can say games are boring then we can say the candles are boring lol.