If you want your Steam Deck to boot with something other than the handheld logo, a beta update available for installation will allow you to do so.
Going to Settings > System > Steam Update Channel > Betayou can install this update (opens in new tab) which also changes the resolution when connected to an external monitor, saving you the hassle of doing this when your Steam Deck is connected to one.
Enabling a different animation is a simple matter where you drop a video in ‘steamui/replaces/movies/‘ when in Desktop mode, and once the Steam Deck is launched, it will look for a video in this folder and play it when the Deck launches.
there is already one Reddit Thread (opens in new tab) which features several videos that you can download and use in this directory, but it made us think about what we could use.
Of course, this being the 25th anniversary of the Spiceworld album (opens in new tab), you might want to introduce the intro to one of the Spice Girls’ songs, such as Who Do You Think You Are. See that boot surely spice your Steam Deck on every boot.
However, you can install others like the boot videos for game consoles of the past. From PlayStation 1 to Xbox, there’s a lot you can download this link (opens in new tab) and put it in the folder that Valve specified, and your Deck will be able to play a mix of those videos and the Spice Girls.
He talks a lot about how Valve is keeping an eye on innovative community efforts, with youtubers (opens in new tab) bringing unofficial ways to do this previously. With this amount of customization, it just makes us wonder what else we can do once 2022 ends.