Valve has released a huge Stable update for SteamOS with version 3.2 now available for updating on your Steam Deck. Here's what's new. A lot of this isn't exactly new-news, since it's pushing out most of the changes from the Beta you could opt into at any point. 

SteamOS 3.2 includes:

  • Added an OS-controlled fan curve to improve the experience in low usage scenarios, and adjusting how the fan responds to different scenarios and temperatures.
    • The old version of the fan curve is still available, and can be turned on in Settings > System
  • Added support for changing the in-game screen refresh rate. The refresh rate will automatically be adjusted to the desired option when going in and out of game.
    • There is a new slider in the Quick Access Menu > Performance tab that allows you to choose a screen refresh rate between 40-60Hz
    • The framerate limit slider values will update accordingly, and will include 1:1, 1:2, 1:4, or uncapped framerate options.
  • Fixed an issue with typing the € key using the Steam keyboard
  • Performance HUD now shows a more accurate reading of VRAM used (previously would cap out at 1G used)
  • Added more internal screen resolution options for games to choose from
  • Fixed gain staging, resulting in higher max speaker volume, and removes white noise coming through 3.5mm jack with some headphones.
  • Fixed PipeWire and Steam failing to elevate their thread priorities
  • Fixed the language dropdown in the Warframe launcher
  • microSD card formatting process now performs a quick format

Additionally though, there's also the Steam Deck Client update that came along with it. This includes now full and proper support for Remote Play Together. So you will be able to host and join games using that feature. As a reminder, it allows one person who owns a game to let others join, who get it streamed from the host.

On top of that there's a notification if the Steam Deck SSD hits below 2GB space, you can name controller layout commands, you can connect to hidden wireless networks, there's icons for gamepad and mouse commands shown on in-game virtual menus and even the ability to close a window if the game / app you're running has more than one visible (an update to the window-switcher).

The fan changes really are the biggest thing here though. One of the fans the Steam Deck ships with is far louder than the other, with a high-pitch that comes with it. This new fan curve is massively quieter and just makes the experience so much nicer overall.

Second being the refresh rate switching, not to be confused with dynamic refresh rate, as this allows you to switch to a specific-set refresh rate like 40Hz. As Valve explained on that part:

So 30hz = 33.33 ms/frame, and 60hz = 16.66ms/frame. Meanwhile, 40hz is 25 ms/frame. So while it might seem a bit counter intuitive, 40fps is exactly half-way between 30 fps and 60 fps in terms of update speed, and as such looks and feels far more responsive than 30fps. Generally speaking you always want a very stable frame pacing. So having a rock solid 40hz is better than oscillating between 42 and 48 hz, especially if your screen refresh is 60hz. This is because you're only actually getting a new frame each 1/60th of a second, so every time you miss, you get a double frame, leading to judder.

So a rock solid 40fps in game, with a 40hz updating screen, means every frame is a new frame and as a result it can feel smoother than an inconsistent framerate with a higher screen refresh. In addition, locking framerate lower puts less demand on the system and thus saves battery. While 40hz will use more battery than 30hz, it will use less than a game capped at a higher refresh, while still giving a subjectively far higher quality of an experience comparitively.

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Liam Dawe 27 May
Quoting: toorWeird on the video that the Watts used don't decrease and even increase when lowering refresh rate for the monitor and fps
Eh it’s a tiny bit deceiving. I wasn’t in it long enough to see the wattage hit the full level at 60Hz.
soulsource 27 May
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceThat'S good news. My girlfriend keeps complaining about the "whining" of the Steam Deck...

So she's... whining about it? ;)

But to be serious: Such sounds can be very annoying.
It indeed is. Just judging from the noise level, I don't think there's a big difference between the PS4 and the Steam Deck, but the PS4 noise is at a lower frequency and therefore more calming than annoying.
Eike 27 May
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Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceThat'S good news. My girlfriend keeps complaining about the "whining" of the Steam Deck...

So she's... whining about it? ;)

But to be serious: Such sounds can be very annoying.
It indeed is. Just judging from the noise level, I don't think there's a big difference between the PS4 and the Steam Deck, but the PS4 noise is at a lower frequency and therefore more calming than annoying.

Did you try the "just put something inside and all is quite" trick to be found on YouTube?
soulsource 27 May
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceThat'S good news. My girlfriend keeps complaining about the "whining" of the Steam Deck...

So she's... whining about it? ;)

But to be serious: Such sounds can be very annoying.
It indeed is. Just judging from the noise level, I don't think there's a big difference between the PS4 and the Steam Deck, but the PS4 noise is at a lower frequency and therefore more calming than annoying.

Did you try the "just put something inside and all is quite" trick to be found on YouTube?
Nope, and the title sounds too frigthening for me to even look it up.
Eike 27 May
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Quoting: soulsourceNope, and the title sounds too frigthening for me to even look it up.

Well, it's not the original title... :D

https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamDeck/comments/uckns3/how_i_fixed_my_whiny_delta_fan_with_electrical/

https://www.pcgamer.com/maybe-dont-jam-electrical-tape-in-your-steam-deck-to-fix-fan-whine/
soulsource 27 May
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceNope, and the title sounds too frigthening for me to even look it up.

Well, it's not the original title... :D

https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamDeck/comments/uckns3/how_i_fixed_my_whiny_delta_fan_with_electrical/

https://www.pcgamer.com/maybe-dont-jam-electrical-tape-in-your-steam-deck-to-fix-fan-whine/
Thanks a lot! That sounds far less intrusive than what I imagined when reading "put something inside", but I'm still a bit worried about it increasing wear on the fan. It at least sounds like it's working by putting strain on the fan's bearings in order to increase friction.
If the update works for me (will try in a couple of hours, am at work right now), I'll definitely go with your second link ("maybe don't").
slaapliedje 27 May
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Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceThat'S good news. My girlfriend keeps complaining about the "whining" of the Steam Deck...

So she's... whining about it? ;)

But to be serious: Such sounds can be very annoying.
Creates a whine tunnel.
Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: soulsourceNope, and the title sounds too frigthening for me to even look it up.

Well, it's not the original title... :D

https://www.reddit.com/r/SteamDeck/comments/uckns3/how_i_fixed_my_whiny_delta_fan_with_electrical/

https://www.pcgamer.com/maybe-dont-jam-electrical-tape-in-your-steam-deck-to-fix-fan-whine/
Thanks a lot! That sounds far less intrusive than what I imagined when reading "put something inside", but I'm still a bit worried about it increasing wear on the fan. It at least sounds like it's working by putting strain on the fan's bearings in order to increase friction.
I got the impression it was just damping some vibration. I suppose if you could take the fan out of the housing and run it in the open, you'd be able to tell if the whine is inherent or a product of interactions with the stuff jammed in around it.
SO... No release for Linux desktops yet?
Quoting: Comandante ÑoñardoSO... No release for Linux desktops yet?
I'm starting to think it may never happen. Consider: With SteamOS just for the Steam Deck, that single hardware target, there's a whole lot of stuff Valve don't need to worry about that a normal desktop distro does. Plus, they have various features designed to let you easily manipulate that particular hardware, which might need work to get running on other hardware or might not apply at all.
How strongly are they gonna be motivated to put in a bunch of extra effort making SteamOS fit for the broad spectrum of PC hardware, when that doesn't particularly advance their agenda and they have plenty of work to do that's more directly useful to them (verifying games, improving SteamOS on the Deck itself, improving Proton and other enabling technologies)? Maybe not very.
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