Since SteamOS officially debuted with the Steam Deck, everyone in the PS4 dev world has been on the look out for a port of SteamOS 3.0 for PS4. Thanks to the famous dev, Nazky, we have a functioning port of the new OS for PS4.
- Heroic game launcher (for Epic games)
- ProtonUP QT
Installation: How to install SteamOS 3.0 on PS4?
Follow the steps given below to install and run SteamOS 3.0 on your PS4. You may also refer to our detailed guide on installation.
- USB drive – A storage device with 12GB capacity is enough. But, if you plan on gaming, a storage capacity of more than 100GB is recommended.
- bzImage (Download an appropriate kernel according to your PS4 model)
- FAT32 Format
- USB Hub, USB Keyboard and Mouse
- Exploitable PS4 (Find if yours is exploitable)
Now, let us begin the installation.
The installation instructions are the same as for any other distro. Anyways, here they are. But, you may also find a slightly more detailed guide here.
Step 1. Preparing USB Drive
- Format the USB drive using FAT32 Format. To do that, start the program, select your drive letter properly and click Start.
Note: This will wipe the USB drive completely.
- Assuming you are using, PSXITA’s initramfs, rename Steam4PS.tar.xz to psxitarch.tar.xz.
- Copy bzImage, intramfs.cpio.gz and psxitarch.tar.xz to the root of the USB drive that you just formatted.
Step 2. Installing SteamOS 3.0 on PS4 with Rescueshell
- Connect USB drive in a port and in the other connect the hub with keyboard and mouse.
- You will then have to jailbreak your PS4 and run the Linux Payload. Find the steps for loading Linux payload here. During the first run or during installation, load 1GB VRAM payload.
- If the payload loads successfully, the PS4 will drop into a rescueshell. With your keyboard, type
exec install-psxitarch.shand press Enter. The program will install the distro on your USB device. This will take time.
- After the process has completed, SteamOS will load. If it doesn’t load automatically, type
exec start-psxitarch.shand press Enter.
- Login with the password:
toorand you can start using SteamOS on your PS4 right away!
Step 3. Set up swap space (Optional, but recommended)
Setting up a proper swap space is recommended as it reduces the instances of crashes during gaming and other heavy tasks. To do so, just follow the instructions below.
- Open a terminal and type
su. It will ask for a password. Enter ps4. You should now have root access.
- Next, type
cd /and press Enter.
- Then, type
- Next, you have to decide how much swap space you require. 4GB to 8GB of swap is recommended for gaming. Assuming, you want to have 8GB of swap, type
fallocate -l 8GB /swapfileand press Enter.
- Then, type
chmod 600 /swapfileand press Enter.
- Following that, type
mkswap /swapfileand press Enter.
- Finally, type
swapon /swapfileand press Enter.
- To make this permanent, type
nano /etc/fstab. This will open the file, fstab in a text editor.
- Use the arrow keys to scroll to the last empty line and type
/swapfile none swap sw 0 0. Press Ctrl+X followed by Enter.
- Press Y when prompted with “Save modified buffer” and Enter.
- Confirm that the file name to write is /etc/fstab and press Enter.
If this method doesn’t work, try this alternate swap creation method (second one in the section).
Fix issues with SteamOS 3.0 on PS4
Nazky has also taken the time to use the distro and fix some common issues that were noticed. Here, you have these issues along with their fixes.
DualShock 4 detected as mouse on SteamOS for PS4
To fix this, you will have to change the setting to trackpad.
SteamDeck UI doesn’t open on SteamOS for PS4
To fix this, follow these instructions.
- Start Steam Connect.
- Close Steam.
- Restart SteamDeck UI.
Black screen on SteamOS for PS4
This is usually seen while the OS boots up. This bug seems to affect some models using certain versions of the kernel. So, if you have this issue, here are a few things you can try:-
- Press a key on the keyboard and see if anything loads.
- If that doesn’t work, press Ctrl+Alt+F4 and then Ctrl+Alt+F7.
Nazky says that most games work well on SteamOS for PS4 and has shared many gameplays on his Twitter account. We will be updating more on this distro soon. Stay tuned!