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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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const May 12, 2022
Quoting: bonaparte
Quoting: TrainDocYou're kidding me. I was just finalizing my implementation and upload.
My condolences, perhaps you could pivot to a plug-in that lets users switch between multiple profiles and/or easily import and export community profiles from/to sharedeck.games or elsewhere?
Oh, that must be really frustrating. So much work :(
On the other end, you learned a lot, so make sure to release and document everything as good as possible. That knowledge should not be lost.
I'd say the plugin could be extended with community features, yet I'm 90% sure Valve will follow up with that, too. They'd only need to hook it to the system that handles the controller profiles. If you think you can create value on top of that...
Lamdarer May 12, 2022
Maybe you should then also include the Split Distros Marketshare in the SteamTracker from the current(pre-Deck) survey onwards.


Last edited by Lamdarer on 12 May 2022 at 9:28 am UTC
lejimster May 12, 2022
So the Steam Deck may have launched as an incomplete project. But man, they've been really listening to the customers and adding all these cool features that improve the experience.
libgradev May 12, 2022
I love this device so hard

Haven't played on my desktop PC since I've had it
Werner May 12, 2022
Same here, i didn't play on my PC since i own the SD, best buy since a long time :)
Arehandoro May 12, 2022
QuoteThis 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.

This was my first thought after reading the title too. It would be amazing.

At first, I was sad my order had been pushed back to Q3, but with all these improvements and work going on, perhaps was for the better.

Can't wait to take it on holidays! Maybe even paired with a travel mouse/keyboard for basic remote work would be nice, leading to having less devices when travelling.
mr-victory May 12, 2022
Quoting: lejimsteran incomplete project.
It is incomplete because it has no limits! It literally unlocks over time, like the Pinephone.
slaapliedje May 12, 2022
Quoting: const
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)
Yeah, I think it'd be PERFECT on the AtariVCS, or something with a similar form factor, where you just hook it up to your TV, plug in a controller, and play!
slaapliedje May 12, 2022
Quoting: libgradevI love this device so hard

Haven't played on my desktop PC since I've had it
I've purposefully done so mostly to test the cloud sync... well that and I have a super ultrawide monitor (3840x1200) so when I play BG:Dark Alliance, it kind of glitches out when things are just on the edge of the screen sometimes the AI doesn't activate when I shoot things... but in my defense I am playing it on hard and it's been kicking my ass!
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