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Steam desktop and Steam Deck get a fresh stable update

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Valve has released another big stable update to the Steam client for desktop and Steam Deck. So here's a run over what's new and changed.

As usual, the changes between them are basically the same, although one does seem actually just for the Steam Deck which is where Valve fixed a case where the wrong FPS limit could be applied on startup. There's also these fixes and improvements just for Linux which will likely affect SteamOS on Steam Deck too:

  • Fixed a case where the controller input thread could operate at normal instead of high scheduling priority.
  • Fixed file dialogs not appearing in some cases for systems without an active xdg-desktop-portal
  • Fixed a rare crash when processing shaders.
  • Fixed a case where the UI would show the wrong image when switching between small mode and normal mode.
  • Additional fixes for file dialogs for systems where xdg-desktop-portal is not available.

The rest of the changes are:

General

  • Added timer to the overlay. You can enable this button in the in-game settings.
  • Improved library performance for users with large numbers of collections.
  • Fixed some confirmation dialogs not closing with the cancel or X buttons.
  • Fixed "Clear Download Cache" also deleting cached login information.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a Steam Guard code to fail the first time it is entered, and then succeed immediately after that.
  • Fixed Steam Overlay not respecting Windows scale factor for full screen windows at heights <= 1200px.
  • Fixed Windows scale factors <150% not applying to Steam overlay.
  • Fixed a hitch that some players with large libraries might encounter every 15 minutes while playing a game.
  • Fixed main client window taking focus from other Steam windows when navigation menus are hovered.
  • Fixed notifications for achievements not firing when offline.
  • Fixed wallet balance not updating in title bar when balance hits zero.
  • Fixed incorrect display of "Notify me about additions or changes to my games..." setting in interface settings if it had never been changed before.

Library

  • Added the ability to sort by date added to library to shelves and game grids.
  • Added a setting to display Steam Deck compatibility information in the library while not on a Steam Deck.

Steam Overlay

  • Added In-Game setting to allow enabling or disabling display scaling in the overlay.
  • Changed behavior of overlay tabbed browser to clear all tabs when the close button is clicked and added a minimize button to hide the browser as the close button previously did.
  • Fixed intermittent crash in overlay browser when switching to overlay for in-game purchases.

Big Picture Mode

  • PlayStation Controller can now use touchpad typing in the on-screen keyboard
  • Fixed presentation and localization of items in the Special Offers section.

Steam Input

  • Improved navigation in the configurator when navigating from the Preview screen. Repeatedly going to Preview then an input will no longer build up loops in the back stack and you can now go back with a single B button press if you've not interacted with the left column.
  • Added the ability to copy and paste button/axis mappings when setting up input for unrecognized controllers.
  • The selected controller configuration shown in the configurator should now update quicker and more reliably, including when exporting configs.
  • DualSense Wireless Controllers will now remain in DirectInput compatible mode over Bluetooth when Steam Input is disabled.
  • Fixed some cases where navigation changes from the previous beta could result in a blank page in the configurator.
  • Fixed detecting controllers using the Xbox Enhanced Feature Support driver.
  • Fixed changing effects on PS4 and PS5 controllers when Steam Input is not enabled.

Developer console

  • Added a setting to display timestamps in the Steam console window.
  • Changed Steam console window to keep the last several seconds of output even if that would exceed the normal buffer length.
  • Fixed command echo sometimes appearing on the same line as the previous output.
  • Fixed clear_console command not doing anything.

macOS

  • Fixed file chooser dialog not opening for some actions.
  • Fixed file chooser not allowing directories to be selected in some cases.
  • Fixed Steam app pulling focus back to the previous space when switching to a space without a Steam Client window on it.
  • Fixed app hiding not working with Steam Client windows.
  • Fixed Steam Client windows not allowing dragging past the height of the titlebar on the main screen when running with multiple displays.
  • Fixed navigation menus not opening on mouse-over of buttons when the store or community browsers are focused.

Changelogs: Steam Deck / Desktop.

The new timer feature on the desktop overlay sounds very useful. Allowing you to set any time you want and then when it's done you'll get a ping and a pop-up notifying you time is up. Could be incredibly useful for reminding you to take an actual break.


Pictured - setting a timer, and then the timer going off in the top right.

I'm sure plenty of people who have both a PC and Steam Deck will also appreciate being able to see Steam Deck Verified ratings in their Steam Library as well. Available to turn on in Settings -> Library -> Show Steam Deck compatibility information in library. You can then hover over items or expand the details view on individual games.

Pictured - showing Steam Deck rating on Apex Legends

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Viesta2015 Aug 3, 2023
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Viesta2015for some reason i am not getting the compatibility setting... strange.

Some people reported in might be only available in countries where Steam Deck is officially sold...?

I live in the united states.
fnordianslip Aug 4, 2023
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I have been having an issue that seems to persist with the new version. Running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS here on x86_64.

Typically what happens is that after a working day, in which my Linux box's monitor is switched via an HDMI switch to be used with my work laptop, I come back to my Linux desktop and find that something weird has happened to Steam. The weirdness is that the main Steam window vanishes, and I end up with around 15 child windows in a pile on my desktop.

Curiously, this problem doesn't seem to occur under other scenarios, i.e. just leaving the Linux box connected to the monitor over night, etc.

This has been happening now probably for a few months. I did report the issue to Valve, but they simply said it was a known issue (not sure if it only became known because I told them), and all they did was suggest that I tried the beta version, which I did not.

I had hoped that a new version would fix this? Is anyone else affected by this?
fnordianslip Aug 4, 2023
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Quoting: LanzI wonder if they have fixed the many windows appearing bug that seems to happen on KDE when Steam is minimized to the system tray and the computer is left unattended long enough for the monitor to shut off.

Ooh, the problem you refer to in your question appears to match the problem I am having, as noted in the question I just posted a moment ago. I guess no is the answer. It is quite annoying.
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