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Another absolutely huge update for the Steam Deck just landed, with Valve clearly taking on lots of feedback to make it the best handheld gaming device around.

The first big one is that you can now add a performance profile for each title. By default the main system settings are used, and when toggling on a profile for the currently running title is then created with all changes saved and automatically applied on launching. Pictures below (click to enlarge):

This is going to be fantastic for just getting the most out of each game, without having to constantly change settings in the performance menu. No doubt Valve will continue expanding that, perhaps even allow sharing like you can for Steam Input configurations.

Oh, and for those curious to know how well the Steam Deck is doing, we're going to perhaps get a better look at that next month, as Valve has now hooked up the Steam Hardware Survey properly for the Steam Deck. So maybe we'll see even better numbers than seen recently.

More work is being done on sorting out external displays, as we come closer to the release of the official dock. As now when you're connected to an external display, the Steam Deck interface is scaled to virtual 1280x800 resolution and Valve say "more work on this feature and functionality is underway".

Some of the other additions include:

  • Improved performance when switching from offline to online modes
  • Improved availability of home screen sections when switching from offline to online modes
  • Added the Bulgarian Phonetic Traditional and Phonetic keyboard layouts
  • Corrected the interaction between CapsLock and Shift
  • The keyboard shows AltGr symbol hints when AltGr is not active
  • The keyboard only shows AltGr symbols when AltGr is active
  • Non-ASCII characters work in desktop mode
  • Removed rumble & haptics toggles from the Quick Access menu. These can be accessed in the Settings > Controller Settings page.
  • Moved Re-order Controllers button to the Other section in the Quick Access menu
  • Added a "Stop Streaming" option to the Power menu when hosting a Remote Play session
  • Updated Recently Played games list to include streamed games
  • Plus a bunch of bug fixes
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Man, I was just starting to come down off the high for Nvidia Open Source drivers and then this lands in our laps. Today is a GOOD day, it seems!
BalkanSpy 11 May
Things are getting interesting.
TrainDoc 11 May
You're kidding me. I was just finalizing my implementation and upload.
Lofty 11 May
This is one of the things people have been asking for almost immediately when reading the comments on videos about the deck.
Valve are really listening to use feedback here. What i like about this is that people are coming into the experience with a PC mindset rather than a switch /console mindset, they seem to be actually enjoying tweaking the settings and the setting of profiles will aid that aswell, as perhaps sharing performance profiles will in future.

So far the overall impression im getting from reviewers is very positive (apart from one atrociously naive web article from a UK gaming website) and at the moment there hasn't been a glut of 'just install windows' videos which is testament to Valve working on Steam OS 3.0 specific feature sets. Im kind of hoping that if you have a AMD Laptop/Desktop you will be able to install Steam OS 3.0 and get all the same features. And im also hoping that they don't add these to the windows version of steam UI as frankly this is our last gambit at getting real Linux gaming to the masses.


Last edited by Lofty on 11 May 2022 at 11:31 pm UTC
Quinn 11 May
QuoteValve has now hooked up the Steam Hardware Survey properly for the Steam Deck.

This is fantastic, and surprising news.

These QoL updates show Valve are actually listening to their customers, for once.


Last edited by Quinn on 11 May 2022 at 11:29 pm UTC
slaapliedje 11 May
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I'm hoping they fix the 'click through' on the keyboard for touch screen.

Where is it that you provide feedback? I missed it somehow, I'd like to see if there is something they can figure out about the proton vs native cloud sync issues I ran into. I've ran into a few other little bugs here and there as well. Amazing device otherwise!
Liam Dawe 11 May
Quoting: slaapliedjeI'm hoping they fix the 'click through' on the keyboard for touch screen.

Where is it that you provide feedback? I missed it somehow, I'd like to see if there is something they can figure out about the proton vs native cloud sync issues I ran into. I've ran into a few other little bugs here and there as well. Amazing device otherwise!
https://steamcommunity.com/app/1675200/discussions/
slaapliedje 11 May
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Quoting: LoftyThis is one of the things people have been asking for almost immediately when reading the comments on videos about the deck.
Valve are really listening to use feedback here. What i like about this is that people are coming into the experience with a PC mindset rather than a switch /console mindset, they seem to be actually enjoying tweaking the settings and the setting of profiles will aid that aswell, as perhaps sharing performance profiles will in future.

So far the overall impression im getting from reviewers is very positive (apart from one atrociously naive web article from a UK gaming website) and at the moment there hasn't been a glut of 'just install windows' videos which is testament to Valve working on Steam OS 3.0 specific feature sets. Im kind of hoping that if you have a AMD Laptop/Desktop you will be able to install Steam OS 3.0 and get all the same features. And im also hoping that they don't add these to the windows version of steam UI as frankly this is our last gambit at getting real Linux gaming to the masses.

I have seen a few videos pointing out that they are really at SteamOS 3.2(?). So I honestly think at this point they will NOT release a SteamOS 3.x ISO and are waiting until the Deck is at SteamOS 4.0 before they have one for generic hardware. We all know that Valve does not believe in the number 3!
Lofty 12 May
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: LoftyThis is one of the things people have been asking for almost immediately when reading the comments on videos about the deck.
Valve are really listening to use feedback here. What i like about this is that people are coming into the experience with a PC mindset rather than a switch /console mindset, they seem to be actually enjoying tweaking the settings and the setting of profiles will aid that aswell, as perhaps sharing performance profiles will in future.

So far the overall impression im getting from reviewers is very positive (apart from one atrociously naive web article from a UK gaming website) and at the moment there hasn't been a glut of 'just install windows' videos which is testament to Valve working on Steam OS 3.0 specific feature sets. Im kind of hoping that if you have a AMD Laptop/Desktop you will be able to install Steam OS 3.0 and get all the same features. And im also hoping that they don't add these to the windows version of steam UI as frankly this is our last gambit at getting real Linux gaming to the masses.

I have seen a few videos pointing out that they are really at SteamOS 3.2(?). So I honestly think at this point they will NOT release a SteamOS 3.x ISO and are waiting until the Deck is at SteamOS 4.0 before they have one for generic hardware. We all know that Valve does not believe in the number 3!

i need to keep up with the versions it seems. SteamOS 4.0 does have a nice ring to it. If i ever manage to source a decently priced (600 - 800) mid range gaming laptop with something like a 6700m (or 7700m in future) its getting Steam OS on it, or perhaps by that point an Arch Spin with the all the SteamOS tweaks rolled in.

who knows, if Nvidia actually FOSS their driver properly then they might (MIGHT) get a look in again as the deck features would be easier to implement. But right now AMD (or intel pending Arc) have my virtual future monies.
const 12 May
Quoting: Loftyor perhaps by that point an Arch Spin with the all the SteamOS tweaks rolled in.
SteamOS forks and distros with GameUI ports will get soo exciting in the future. I love SteamOS3 on my deck, but at this point, I wouln't consider using this on a laptop (maybe in dualboot, though)
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