The dev scene has had Steam Deck’s Recovery image for quite some time now. The curious ones couldn’t wait for Valve to release SteamOS 3 to the public and they came up with innovative solutions. Thanks to them, we have WinesapOS based on SteamOS 3. This is an OS that was built from the Steam Deck recovery image and has almost everything that the Steam Deck itself has. Now, I present to you WinesapOS 3 for PS4.
What is WinesapOS?
If what I have said isn’t enough, this is what Luke ShortCloud, the dev behind WinesapOS says about it on the GitHub page:-
winesapOS makes it easy to setup Linux and play games off an internal or portable external drive.
This project provides an opinionated installation of Linux. It can be used on a flash drive, SD card, HDD, SSD, NVMe, or any other storage device. Both internal and external devices are fully supported. The release images are based on SteamOS 3 and the KDE Plasma desktop environment to align with what Valve’s Steam Deck uses. Software for various games launchers are pre-installed. Additional drivers are installed to support Macs with Intel processors.
WinesapOS vs SteamOS
Remember that SteamOS for the Steam Deck only has drivers for one single set of hardware, i.e., Steam Deck. But, WinesapOS packs drivers for Intel and NVIDIA GPUs, along with those for Mac systems. Most of that doesn’t concern us, who are gonna run the OS on PS4.
If you are interested in knowing the differences, here is a detailed comparison table.
- Display Manager – LightDM
- Mesa – 22.0.3
- Libdrm – 2.4.110
- KDE Plasma
Here is a list of all the general applications that come pre-installed with WinesapOS for PS4:-
- Dolphin file manager
- OBS Studio
- ZeroTier GUI
- And more…
Pre-installed gaming applications
Those were some general applications. For the gamers too, this distro is tightly-packed. Here is a list:-
- Steam (Steam Deck Mode available)
- Heroic Games Launcher
- Wine GE
- Proton GE
This is an extensive list. But,remember that Arch’s pacman manager will help you easily install any other applications that you feel are missing.
- User: noob404
- Password: ps4
- Root password: ps4
WinesapOS 3 on PS4: Showcase Video
Installation: How to install WinesapOS 3 on PS4?
Due to its large size, WinesapOS 3 cannot be installed using the Rescueshell. So, you have to use the alternate method (using Linux). The method has been detailed in the article with video tutorials. So, please check that out.
If you were looking to get a taste of SteamOS 3 on your PS4, this is great option. But, also remember that Nazky already has a SteamOS 3 port for PS4. You may also check that out. Also, please remember that WinesapOS for PS4 might still require improvements. Please do post your feedback and comments so that I can make it better.