Valve has released a new Beta for the Steam Deck and Steam Desktop that improved numerous bugs, and for Steam Deck makes the performance menu a little easier to understand.
Changes for the Steam Deck:
- Updated embedded Chromium build in Steam to 109.0.5414.120.
- Updated the quick access performance menu with descriptions for each setting, including how they affect the system and the expected power/performance/visual quality tradeoffs.
- Fixed a case where the sdcard was set as the default install location on reboot.
- Fixed a case where the network status icon would fail to render for virtual networks.
- Fixed store button on main menu remaining disabled in Family View even if store permissions were granted to the account.
- Fixed occasionally creating an extra virtual controller that is non-responsive.
Here's an example of the new performance menu descriptions:
This is really great, because the option names by themselves are not easy for a lot of people to understand, and this should just help make the features more accessible. The menu itself also has fancy new icons:
For Steam Desktop here's the Beta changes:
- Updated embedded Chromium build in Steam to 109.0.5414.120
- Fixed issue where clicking on Voice Chat invitation notifications did not open chat
Big Picture Mode
- Improved the display in the "Controller Configuration" tab when there are no controllers attached or the active controller is opted out of Steam Input
- Greatly improved performance when using hardware encoding with AMD video cards on Windows
- Improve layout and imagery for some of the dialogs that show up when launching VR games.
- Clicking on items in the control bar (e.g. a download in progress) will correctly switch to the Steam tab
- Show reloading message when SteamVR quits before reloading the Steam window
- Steam now only reloads every fifth time that SteamVR quits
- Known issue: when dismissing a dropdown menu, the steam client may incorrectly start blocking mouse input.