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Steam Deck and Steam desktop both got a fresh Beta release, with plenty of bug fixing involved and Valve are dropping support for older versions of Windows.

The changelog as expected, continues being basically the same across both, now Valve has merged the Steam Deck UI into the Desktop client, with only one changed being specific to the Steam Deck and there's no noted Linux desktop specific changes this time around.

Here's what's changed:


  • Added "End of Life" alert for Windows 7/8/8.1. Steam Client support for these operating systems will end on Jan 1st, 2024 at 10am. See here for additional details.
  • Display an error if the user is trying to log in anonymously in the client. This mode is only supported for steamcmd.
  • Uninstalling a game no longer displays a modal dialog
  • Fixed "Manage Storage" button opening the storage settings page
  • Fix soundtrack cover art not appearing in content management panel
  • Fixed popup menus opening at the wrong DPI in multi-monitor mixed-DPI configurations.

Big Picture Mode

  • Removed support for -oldbigpicture command-line option
  • Fixed some styling issues in the Quick Access Menu > Friends List
  • Fixed some issues with notification toasts appearing in the wrong location in multi-monitor setups or with different DPI settings
  • Apply text filtering preferences in Guides in the Overlay
  • Removed soundtracks from All Collections since it has its own tab
  • Fixed an issue where two settings pages could be visible at once
  • Fixed the switching of monitors when going in/out of BPM at start up
  • Fixed overflowing friends list when sharing a screenshot
  • Expand the hitbox of buttons in the footer to make them easier to click

Steam Deck

  • Fixed issue where a game's specific uninstall UI was not visible

Steam Input

  • Increase responsiveness of the "Joystick Deadzone" visualization
  • Gyro As Joystick can now optionally output to Left Joystick
  • Fixed Gyro's Left/Right Stick Deflection Modifier not working
  • Fixed Modeshift bindings not being removable when viewing the command on the input


  • Fix Steam Overlay crash in some games using Metal graphics API
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Breizh Mar 29
Quoting: kokoko3kSpeculating:

since they had the idea of using a browser engine to rebase their client upon, and since that engine, chromium, will not support anything lower than windows 10 starting from the upcoming release, hey've had to stop support for the same platforms too.

Well, the link in the release note say precisely this.

Quoting: Steam SupportThis change is required as core features in Steam rely on an embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows.

Last edited by Breizh on 29 March 2023 at 3:17 pm UTC
Zelox Mar 30
Quoting: rcritNot that I have a lot of sympathy for Windows users but dropping 7 is going to be hard pill to swallow for some. The 10/11 compatibility with some games is apparently pretty bad.

Microsoft no longer supports 7 as of jan 10 2023.
And if Microsoft won’t support windows 7 why should valve 🤷🏼‍♂️.

And to be honest there is no reason for Microsoft to support 7 it’s old.
And I hate to say it but windows 11 has really gained on me in terms for coding.
Im forced to use it at work and there are really some thing I still hate about windows 11, but where they are aiming at atm is going to be real interesting.
Sry getting if topic here and I’m not here to preach about windows. Linux is still my nr 1 option :).

Last edited by Zelox on 30 March 2023 at 12:47 pm UTC
Kubuntu ain't a bad distro to start with using linux at all.

I know some people still use windows 7 and to them i have to say get on to it.
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