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Valve has only just put SteamOS 3.1 into the Stable channel with tons of improvements and there's already a Beta available for SteamOS 3.2 with some big goodies.

The first is that Valve are trying to deal with all the noise complaints about the fan. As it turns out, there's multiple fans being used in the Steam Deck, and one of them gives this annoying high-pitch whine. Since I've had a replacement recently, I've now seen first-hand just how annoying it is. The new OS-controlled fan curve should improve that making it near-silent in low usage and there's adjustments for how it responds to different temperatures.

A definite improvement on my end but temperatures will be higher, since often the fan is running at a much lower speed than before. I'll take a slight increase in temps to not have my Steam Deck simulate my Tinnitus.

We also now have experimental support for changing the in-game refresh rate, which will automatically adjust the FPS lock as well.

Valve has also tweaked Desktop Mode, so that the on-screen keyboard will come up automatically in more cases. This is great, hopefully they continue to improve that.

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mphuZ 28 Apr
When will SteamOS be released for desktop?
Eike 28 Apr
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Reading fan curve, I wondered how they implemented something like this!?!

link

Honestly, I was thinking about a Steam Deck fan/supporter forum or the like.


Last edited by Eike on 28 April 2022 at 9:31 am UTC
grigi 28 Apr
Apparently there is a fix by applying a little pressure on the fan in the deck, to minimise the rattle: https://linuxgamingcentral.com/posts/news-fix-fan-whine-on-deck-with-electrical-tape/
mZSq7Fq3qs 28 Apr
How does that 40fps feel?
tgurr 28 Apr
Now I wish they'd fix the shader cache downloads to only include the shaders relevant for the steam deck itself, it's really annoying that everytime you turn the device on every games updates hundreds of megabytes of shaders even though neither mesa nor steamos itself got updated to justify redownloading them.
kokoko3k 28 Apr
Out of curiosity,
are the steam deck beta images available for download?
Or maybe updated sources available somewhere?
Lofty 28 Apr
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qsHow does that 40fps feel?

10fps faster than 30fps.
Quoting: EikeReading fan curve, I wondered how they implemented something like this!?!

link

Honestly, I was thinking about a Steam Deck fan/supporter forum or the like.
Wow, that's a lot of fans! And some of them are curvy, I'm sure.
fagnerln 28 Apr
Quoting: Lofty
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qsHow does that 40fps feel?

10fps faster than 30fps.

33.33% better!

I think that he want to say 40hz and not FPS, but anyway.
mZSq7Fq3qs 28 Apr
Quoting: Lofty
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qsHow does that 40fps feel?

10fps faster than 30fps.

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