Updates are currently being tested for the Steam Deck, Valve’s handheld PC game console, which includes improvements to the current fan curve and audio enhancements that can increase the system’s maximum volume.
Patch notes have been posted on the Steam blog, with Valve designer Lawrence Yang also tweeting the news, stating “As a reminder, these changes are in beta for testing, so let us know if you have any feedback!”.
We’ve also just released a SteamOS Beta channel update for Steam Deck, featuring an updated fan controller, audio improvements, and more. As a reminder, these changes are in beta for testing, so please let us know what you think! Details here: https://t.co/mMXM6MFIuG pic.twitter.com/2qgLEV7yycMay 20, 2022
These updates are part of the SteamOS 3.2 beta that started on April 25, with this latest batch of changes updated on May 19. We don’t have a full release date for the update yet, so unless you’re having some significant issues with the console, you might want to sit back and wait for a full rollout while they’re still live. test phase.
One of the biggest issues addressed is fan control, as the Steam Deck has been criticized for being particularly noisy even during periods of low performance. The updated fan controller should help reduce noise when you’re not playing something too demanding, or even just browsing the home screen.
The full list of updates can be found below:
- Updated fan controller – now smarter, more stable and quieter overall
- Performance HUD now shows a more accurate reading of VRAM used (previously it would cap at 1G used)
- Added more internal resolution options for games to choose from
- Fixed gain stage, resulting in higher maximum volume and suppressing white noise from the 3.5mm jack with some headphones.
- Fixed PipeWire and Steam failing to elevate their thread priorities
- Fixed language dropdown in Warframe launcher
Analysis: When will Valve deliver on the other Steam Deck promises?
Looks like the Steam Deck is still in its startup phase, especially when it comes to various OS updates, but the short time it’s been on the market is enough to have me converted from skeptic to fan.
Gaming laptops will always have a place in the computing community, but this is the direction in which I see gaming on portable PCs. Valve’s frequent updates and transparency are refreshing, and despite multiple issues, I don’t know many people who have purchased a Steam Deck who regret doing so.
Valve also recently implemented per-game performance metrics, so I expect many of the startup issues discovered by Steam Deck users to be resolved or even resolved over the next few months.
However, the world of technology is changing rapidly, and given that computer components such as processors and graphics (integrated and discrete) are typically refreshed with a new generation every 1-3 years, I’m eager to know what go follow. Will there be a Steam Deck 2? Or maybe Valve is hoping to keep its hardware up to date via software updates with no current plans for the future.
What I’d like to see before the current version of the Steam Deck starts getting outdated or in need of a refresh is some cosmetic variety. Where are the different color variations or limited edition branded models? We know there are white versions of the Steam Deck, although these are just prototypes, and Valve has previously indicated that they plan to release the product in different colors.
It’s not a breach of contract, and Valve’s dedication to making the platform work convinced me to have a little faith, but I’d still feel more excited about the Steam Deck if it were available. in hues that match my own aesthetic, as would many gamers who appreciate hardware that doesn’t just default to a black chassis.