While everyone is talking about Destiny 2Solstice of Heroes’ annual summer event, I’m busy with an evergreen event I like to call “managing my character’s inventory.” Anyone who plays Destiny 2 has regularly used Destiny Item Manager (DIM), a community-created tool that keeps track of your items in a browser or on your phone at one time or another.
In fact, this tool has become so widely used that opening your safe in Fate has a warning that you should use DIM instead of trying to manage your in-game loot stacks. DIM syncs with your Destiny 2 account and lets you easily swap items between characters, assign loadouts, remotely extract items from the postmaster, and other quality-of-life improvements that frankly should have been added years ago long by Bungie.
Until now, DIM has been available through browsers or on your mobile device, but quite recently an app for Elgato Stream Deck by user Francesco Saverio Cannizzaro upped the ante. Although inventive players have already integrated DIM into their Stream Deck, the process required complicated workarounds involving several macro chains, but this application makes the process much easier.
While user-created apps for the Stream Deck can be a bit hit and miss, I was surprised by how easy it was to set up and use, not to mention the amount of features it has. Along with letting you switch between saved loadouts, the app also lets you mine individual items to your active character and even provides counters for the growing list of currencies you need to track.
I’ve owned Stream Deck XL for years, and while I’ve had success using it to launch apps and resize windows, I feel like this app gave me a reason to use the 32 individual buttons. Hell, even if I didn’t own a Stream Deck, this app alone would be enough to motivate me to buy one.
Doing things like this should always have been this easy, but until Bungie manages to provide a better solution, I’m grateful that DIM and smart developers like Francesco are making life for Destiny 2 players a little easier, thanks to a 32-button controller with customizable displays.