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A fresh Steam Beta update was put out for desktop and Steam Deck, it comes with a whole bunch of little bug fixes and improvements. Especially nice on desktop if you have AMD or Intel GPUs.

Pictured - Steam Big Picture Mode on Fedora KDE

Here's all that's changed for desktop Steam from July 6th:

General

  • Added playing a sound when displaying a notification toast in desktop mode.
  • In Big Picture mode, added playing a sound to some notification toasts where it was previously missing.
  • Fixed links not working in account creation and pre-login help dialogs.
  • Fixed windows sometimes not updating appearance when clicking maximize button.

In-Game Overlay

  • Fixed issue where viewing a user's profile was not working in some older games (e.g Left 4 Dead 2).
  • Fixed issue where the overlay was not responding to mouse input when there was a controller configuration loaded that included virtual menus.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Invite Friend to Game" dialog didn't work while in a Steam group voice chat channel.

Friends & Chat

  • Fixed minimize/maximize buttons not working for chat windows created minimized.

Linux

  • Add a setting to improve compatibility with window managers that send an unfocus event before every pointer click event, e.g. openbox. This setting can be found in "Settings->Interface->Enable context menu focus compatibility mode". Enabling this setting will fix dropdown menus being unclickable on these window managers.
  • Restrict a workaround that prevents a crash on Nvidia GPUs to only activate when we detect an Nvidia GPU. Side-effects for this workaround include window flashing and focus stealing when a steam window is closed, which should no longer affect Intel/AMD users.

As usual, the Steam Deck changes are basically the same, since this is a Steam Client update.

Is there a particular bug you're hoping to be solved soon? Or something you feel Steam is missing? Let me know in the comments box.

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Calinou Jul 7, 2023
Quote-smooth scrolling is super slow in terms of how much the scroll moves. have to waste my scrollwheel a lot

I feel every desktop app ought to implement a scroll sensitivity setting. The default feels way too low in a lot of apps, especially if your mouse wheel has a tendency to skip steps which is common on older mice.


Last edited by Calinou on 7 July 2023 at 2:19 pm UTC
slaapliedje Jul 7, 2023
Quoting: XpanderThe problems i have with the steam client (desktop):

-60 FPS capped client. No way to remove the cap
-smooth scrolling is super slow in terms of how much the scroll moves. have to waste my scrollwheel a lot
-friends/buddy window doesnt remember its place on the second monitor on client start (it remembered fine with old UI)
-After 1-2 days of the client running VRAM usage grows without releasing it. client restart fixes it

Other than that the new UI is pretty neat. Text is a bit smaller on my 1440p screen which is nice also.
Performance for BPM is pretty crap at 4k on a RTX 2080... been playing on my 77" OLED lately, and moving around in the menus is pretty slow.

Granted, last night ran into a weird bug where the Steam Controller overlay button wouldn't bring up the overlay... had to go to the keyboard and press Shift+Tab to bring it up.

Ha, using the Steam Deck UI on a 77" screen is awesome though.
CatKiller Jul 7, 2023
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Quoting: emphy
Quoting: CatKiller
QuoteIs there a particular bug you're hoping to be solved soon?
The notification spam on Steam Deck is really annoying.

Don't know how it is on the deck, but the newfangled client has a whole section of the settings dedicated to notification finetuning.

I've all notifications disabled that can be, and haven't seen a single one cropping up since.
It doesn't matter which ones you turn off. Friend comes online, you make progress towards an achievement (not just getting the achievement), and everything else all pop up the notification bell on the Deck.
Xpander Jul 7, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedjePerformance for BPM is pretty crap at 4k on a RTX 2080... been playing on my 77" OLED lately, and moving around in the menus is pretty slow.

Granted, last night ran into a weird bug where the Steam Controller overlay button wouldn't bring up the overlay... had to go to the keyboard and press Shift+Tab to bring it up.

Ha, using the Steam Deck UI on a 77" screen is awesome though.

Could be. I have no use for BPM, so i haven't tried it.
Theodis Jul 7, 2023
In SwayWM with the new Steam UI the steam notifications steal my keyboard input while they are up. It's very annoying.
Maki Jul 8, 2023
QuoteAdd a setting to improve compatibility with window managers that send an unfocus event before every pointer click event, e.g. openbox. This setting can be found in "Settings->Interface->Enable context menu focus compatibility mode". Enabling this setting will fix dropdown menus being unclickable on these window managers.
This was one of my biggest complaints with the new client.

The one issue I would like to see fixed is the giant amount of extra space used for UI elements compared to the older layout. There's too much space between lines of text, the headers for categories are too big, the search bar and the icons on top are too big. Everything is just bigger. I hate it.
I use the Steam Client in Small Mode for a reason; it tucks out of the way off to the side, almost like a foreground Conky, but now the library list needs to scroll down quicker when having less games installed. It's bothersome.
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