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Valve has now put up SteamOS 3.6.5 Preview for Steam Deck, plus a further two Beta releases of the Steam Client for all users. They're all pretty small updates.

First up SteamOS 3.6.5 Preview notes:

  • Fixed an issue with 3.6.4 that could cause incorrect inputs on the left side of the Deck controller.

Given that the recent updates to SteamOS 3.6 Preview have been quite small, perhaps we're getting close to the stable release now. It's going to be another fun one to see everyone on that includes the likes of an updated Arch Linux base, updated Mesa graphics drivers, support for some HDMI CEC features, Steam Deck LCD overclocking and much more.

And the two Beta updates for the main Steam Client (Desktop and Steam Deck) include:

  • Fixed disk write failures reported in the logs when starting games with the shader manager disabled. (June 14th)
  • Fixed in-game purchase browser not loading properly. (June 16th)

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Zelox Jun 16
When are they going to fix the keyboard bug ?
Sometime it just stops working and u need to open the steam overlay in order to fix it. It’s nothing major and shouldn’t be complicated at I fix.

Last edited by Zelox on 16 June 2024 at 6:22 pm UTC
sonic2kk Jun 16
QuoteGiven that the recent updates to SteamOS 3.6 Preview have been quite small, perhaps we're getting close to the stable release now.

I don't think so, 3.6 Preview is still fairly unstable, the most unstable Preview has ever been for me since I got my Steam Deck. Not a discredit to Valve at all, it is normal to expect major bugs, and Preview is still usable (a credit to Valve that the most unstable state Preview has ever had still keeps the device usable), but the Steam Client still crashes a couple times a day in Game Mode and still doesn't start automatically when switching to Desktop Mode.

The audio drivers also still has some kinks with the built-in speakers where session switching still borks it, and the volume is too low by default and you have to keep switching audio sources until it works (external speakers and headphones work fine).

The CEC features still don't quite work correctly (I've tried various HDMI cables with different hubs and the official Dock, still no dice) and Valve in the previous release just fixed the system crashing when unplugging it from a display (broken since SteamOS 3.6.0). The device still crashes once every dozen or so disconnects, and will crash if you connect and disconnect in rapid succession (plugging and unplugging like a crazy person).

To my understanding these are all known issues on the SteamOS issue tracker, but when I encounter any I don't see reported, bug hunting is a big reason why I like staying on Preview

I'd say we're still at least a month out from 3.6 being in Stable given all the critical issues that still need fixed before it could be considered stable. Not critical for everyday use on a channel that you accept is expected to be unstable (it wouldn't be called Preview if it was going to be rock-solid all the time, or even most of the time), but these are issues that would prevent a Stable release imo.

Last edited by sonic2kk on 16 June 2024 at 8:13 pm UTC
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