Valve confirms: Steam Deck handheld will ship with Neofetch

Valve has confirmed that their upcoming, highly anticipated, Linux-powered handheld gaming console — the Steam Deck — will ship with Neofetch installed out of the box.

“We have heard from tens of thousands of enthusiastic, excited gamers since we announced the Steam Deck last week,” stated Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve. “And they all tell us the exact same thing — they want Neofetch. And I’m here to tell you, point blank, Neofetch will be on the Steam Deck on day one.”

According to company sources, Neofetch — the popular command line tool for displaying system hardware and software configuration — will not only be installed by default, but will run every time the Steam Deck is turned on, and every time a game is exited.

The Steam Deck will also contain a secret “Neofetch Mode”. By holding down the two shoulder buttons while pressing the power button, the Steam Deck will launch into a root, terminal only session and immediately run Neofetch — with a screenshot taken every time the “A” button is pressed.

“Neofetch Mode seems like the preferred way to run the Steam Deck,” one hardcore Linux gamer told The Lunduke Journal. “This is the ultimate Linux gaming device. And Linux gaming is primarily about taking screenshots of Neofetch anyway. It has never been easier to tell people I run Arch.”

Bryan Lunduke

Former Deputy Editor for Linux Journal magazine. Former Technology Journalist for Network World. Former VP of Technology. Former Linux Marketing Director. Former Dishwasher.