Valve put up a bit of a notice / warning recently, one for those of you experiencing a heat wave and trying to game on the Steam Deck might want to keep a note of. Plus a new Steam Deck Beta update.
The official OnDeck Twitter account said this:
For our friends in the midst of a heatwave, a quick note about Steam Deck in high temperatures. Steam Deck performs at its best in ambient temperatures between 0° and 35° C. If the temperature gets higher than this, Steam Deck may start to throttle performance to protect itself.
A bit more detail about this – Steam Deck’s APU runs well at temperatures up to 100°C. At 100°C, it will start to throttle performance, and at 105°C it will shut down. Again, this is to protect itself (and you) from damage.
If you do want to know how hot your Deck is running, that's easy enough thanks to the built-in performance overlay. If you hit the Quick Access button (the three dots) and go to the Performance menu (the battery icon) and set the Overlay Level to 3 it will show temperatures for the GPU and CPU like this:
As for the latest Steam Deck Beta update here's what's new:
- Added Sucheng (Quick) keyboard for Traditional Chinese (requires Preview channel)
- Added Achievements page to overlay (while in-game press Steam button)
- Fixed notification for claiming digital rewards firing endlessly for some customers
- Fixed Night Mode automatically kicking in, even if the toggle is set to OFF
- Fixed desktop mode keyboard sometimes failing to show or dismiss
There was also a silent Stable Steam Deck update:
The Stable update channel for the Steam Deck OS has just been updated with a hotfix to enable compatibility with future system and input firmware. It will download an update, but there are no user-visible changes included at this time.