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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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mZSq7Fq3qs 28 Apr
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Yeah. Does, for example GOW feel alot better with 40hz.
const 28 Apr
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Yeah. Does, for example GOW feel alot better with 40hz.
Sadly Valheim drops down to 38 for me, no matter what options I selected so far. Would offer pretty much anything but vegetation quality, but even that doesn't make it better.
mZSq7Fq3qs 28 Apr
Quoting: const
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Yeah. Does, for example GOW feel alot better with 40hz.
Sadly Valheim drops down to 38 for me, no matter what options I selected so far. Would offer pretty much anything but vegetation quality, but even that doesn't make it better.

Have you tried with sfr?
const 28 Apr
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: const
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Yeah. Does, for example GOW feel alot better with 40hz.
Sadly Valheim drops down to 38 for me, no matter what options I selected so far. Would offer pretty much anything but vegetation quality, but even that doesn't make it better.

Have you tried with sfr?

Not sure I want to play this game with fsr :/
Jello 29 Apr
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Actually 40fps would feel 50% better than 30fps. That's because 30fps is 16.67ms (1/30) and 40fps is 25ms (1/40). 40fps is actually the midpoint between 60fps and 30fps so it's a major improvement even if it doesn't sound like it.
const 29 Apr
Quoting: Jello
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Actually 40fps would feel 50% better than 30fps. That's because 30fps is 16.67ms (1/30) and 40fps is 25ms (1/40). 40fps is actually the midpoint between 60fps and 30fps so it's a major improvement even if it doesn't sound like it.
1/30 would actually be 33ms, 1/40 are 25 and 1/60 are 16,67...
so diffs
30vs40:8ms
40vs60:8.33
30vs60:18.33
Doesn't devalidate your point, frametime distance is pretty much halved.
const 29 Apr
Quoting: const
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: const
Quoting: mZSq7Fq3qs
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Yeah. Does, for example GOW feel alot better with 40hz.
Sadly Valheim drops down to 38 for me, no matter what options I selected so far. Would offer pretty much anything but vegetation quality, but even that doesn't make it better.

Have you tried with sfr?

Not sure I want to play this game with fsr :/
No, it seems like I can't change the ingame resolution to anything but 1280x720, 1280x768 or 1280x800 anyway :7
Jello 17 May
Quoting: const
Quoting: Jello
Quoting: fagnerln
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.

Actually 40fps would feel 50% better than 30fps. That's because 30fps is 16.67ms (1/30) and 40fps is 25ms (1/40). 40fps is actually the midpoint between 60fps and 30fps so it's a major improvement even if it doesn't sound like it.
1/30 would actually be 33ms, 1/40 are 25 and 1/60 are 16,67...
so diffs
30vs40:8ms
40vs60:8.33
30vs60:18.33
Doesn't devalidate your point, frametime distance is pretty much halved.

I am actually an idiot, because I said 30fps was 16.67 ms and 40fps is 25ms delay when obviously 40fps should provide less delay (not more). I flipped 30fps and 60fps values around, yep the real values are what you said. Basically my point 40fps is a deceptively large increase, it's more than 33% it's 50%.
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