Valve has announced three things recently including multiple updates that are out now for the Steam Deck, plus a quick tease of what's to come for a Beta of SteamOS 3.4.
Firstly, a new SteamOS update is out now in the Stable and Beta channels that pulls these changes over from Preview:
- Temporarily reverted RDR2 VRAM workaround to pre-3.3 behavior
- Fixed an issue causing random 0.2s stutter
- Fixed an issue causing performance drops when a UI element appeared on screen if the performance HUD was enabled.
- Improved performance for Forza Horizon 5
There's also a Steam Deck Client Beta update out now for those in the Beta and Preview update channels with these changes:
- Allow users to remove community layouts that they've created. Users who have this config selected won't lose it, but it will no longer be listed in the community layouts.
- Removed a check which would only show your layouts in your personal layouts, even when shared with the community - this was causing users to think their configuration has not been exported.
- Fixed a bug on saving configurations where the controller type could attempt to use a cached valued which was incorrect, causing the layout controller type to appear to be incorrect.
- Changed the OSK chord to be on button release instead of press to resolve some issues with focus on the desktop window.
- Added Shared Layout preview of layouts which shows a layout and allows it to be optionally assigned. If the user clicks on a steam url link to a config (via chat for example) while in Game Mode, this will be shown.
- Added support for Nintendo Joy-Cons
- Improved FlickStick modeOther
- Added Discovery Queue to Home screen under the Recommended tab
- No longer showing a Steam Cloud sync error notification when installing a game
- Fixed issue where a 2.9GB read-only library is displayed when the microSD card is unmounted manually
- Added game resolution setting to non-Steam app properties
On top of that and perhaps even more exciting, is that a Beta version of SteamOS 3.4 is on the way. Confirmed on Twitter by Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, who mentioned it's being worked on right now and it will "contain an update to the Arch base". SteamOS basically uses a snapshot of Arch Linux, along with tweaks and changes that Valve do, so with SteamOS 3.4 we're likely to see an updated Linux kernel, updated KDE Plasma for desktop mode and a whole lot more updated software.