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Three bits of Steam Deck news for you this morning with multiple updates coming in including a SteamOS update, a Steam Deck Client update and info about some LED changes coming.

Firstly, SteamOS 3.5.7 has been promoted to Stable with these changes:

  • Fixed internal microphone not working in certain cases like desktop applications.
  • Deployed a temporary workaround for a performance problem with "Allow Tearing".
  • Fixed some USB connectivity issues.

On top of that a Stable Steam Deck Client Update was also released:


  • Fixed SteamDeck being recognized as previously authorized device for Family Sharing.
  • Fixed the new controller support panel showing on tools/applications.
  • Fixed several layout regressions in the quick access menu, eula dialogs, and game achievements page.

Big Picture Mode

  • Add the buttons back to the game launch interstitials rather than relying on the footer buttons.

Steam Input

  • Fix the desktop configuration page being blank when opted-out of Steam Input
  • Fix for Steam Controller gyro turn rate, and sped up gravity correction. Both were affecting the feel of Gyro to Deflection Mode.
  • Fixed some controllers not being able to pass the Stationary Tolerances manual calibration phase.
  • Fixed occasional "jerks" in "Gyro To..." conversion modes that used the gravity axis (i.e. Player Space, World Space, Laser Pointer modes)
  • Improved Gyro to Joystick Deflection mode's low level noise.
  • Reinstated horizontal haptics for all new "Gyro To..." modes.
  • Fixed UI: order of Steam Deck Gyro's Calibration readings.
  • Attempt to fix legacy Gyro "Joystick" mode - use the gravity orientation found upon app switch and subtract it from the live feed.

When it comes to the Power LED, Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais mentioned on X (Twitter): "We're working on an update to let users control the intensity of their power LED, which should be interesting to *LE users." — so it will be interesting to see what they have cooking there. Would be quite nice on the OLED, since it turns bright green when charged which was a bit bright in my bedroom. *By LE, Griffais most likely means the Limited Edition, as it has a translucent shell.

Great to see Valve continuing the quick improvements and listening to all feedback there.

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Philadelphus Nov 24, 2023
Quoting: CatKiller
Quoting: BlackBloodRumThe Steam Deck has a microphone? Huh. I honestly did not know/notice that

It actually has two, for positional audio. They're behind two pinholes at the top of the screen.
Ohhh, I've noticed those pinholes and never realized what they were for. Thanks.
Marlock Nov 26, 2023
"X (Twitter)" reads the same as ex-Twitter, which is exactly what it is, so I find this to be an optimal way to name it and shame it

i wonder why Valve devs / spokespersons are so much more active on 3rd-party social media platforms than on steam discussions forums... obviously not enough time to juggle all of them, probably just habit making them choose social media, but maybe also something more deliberate about catching people's attentions outside the current customer base?

in any case i'd love them to at least reply once or twice in hot steam discussions threads like the hundreds-posts-long one about the Deck's wifi (currently on a sour tone because the OLED version also has wifi issues, sigh)

and just to be clear, I do love what they've been bringing to the table (quite literally in the Deck's case, despite the wifi debacle), and their online presence on social media is totally welcome (and needed, since official Valve statements are so rare)

Last edited by Marlock on 26 November 2023 at 3:15 pm UTC
slaapliedje Nov 27, 2023
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: baconcow
Quoting: Villianplease don't use X, the name only confuse the article when mentioned
Who on here doesn't know what X is?

And it's in its eleventh incarnation already...!
I always wondered why they didn't just call Wayland X12...

On another note, when people refer to the Steam Deck OLED as a 1.5... it feels more to me like the original Steam Deck was a 0.8 release, and the OLED is the 1.0. They released the hardware out there, then kept patching SteamOS and giving it new features, smoothing things out. The OLED version feels like they wrapped up all the little things and produced what most people should buy, where the LCD one was more for developers / people who love bleeding edge tech.
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