Valve continue to cook up plans for more exciting upgrades to the Steam Deck, with Refresh Rate Switching looking like it's on the way. Not ready quite yet with work to do but the idea is great.
We've been really excited to bring refresh rate switching to Deck to deliver smooth frame pacing in arbitrary FPS limit scenarios, but the current screen blanking time when switching is a bit much. We've been doing work behind the scenes to improve it, coming soon!
Having the ability to force the Steam Deck screen to a specific refresh rate is going to come with plenty of benefits for so many games that can't hit 60FPS on the Steam Deck. Really, for battery life anyway, you will want to run lower than that a lot of the time for tons of games.
The point isn't just battery life of course, which is a big concern, but how smooth games look and feel overall and being able to lock the panel a bit lower could make all the difference. Looking forward to seeing what Valve come up with, and it will likely be as easy as flicking a switch like the current FPS limiter on Deck.
The Steam Deck just keeps on getting better!