Steam Deck runs very well. Not only has Valve been able to ship pre-orders at a frantic pace, but the company has also been able to provide a lot of support on the software side of things. Today the company announced a new beta update for Steam Deck, which brings improvements to the console when outputting to an external monitor or monitor. There are also a number of fixes that address a variety of different issues, such as SD card format failure, game controls, touch events, and more.
These are the fixes and improvements that Valve has included with the beta update:
- Added external monitor output resolution and user interface refresh rate selection in display settings (requires Steam Client Beta)
- Automatically avoid problematic resolutions such as 4096 x 2160 or 30 Hz modes on external displays
- Optimized frame speed on installation (such as when FSR is enabled)
- Improved touch detection / touch cancellation speeds
- Fixed in-game camera control issues when using a physical mouse
- Fixed aspect ratio and resolution not switching properly in Steam UI after reconnecting an external monitor
- Fixed the scenario where the SD card format might fail
- Fixed an issue with low framerates on external monitors at low refresh rates
- Fixed an issue where small touches on the edges of some trackpads are ignored
- Unwanted random touch events fixed
- Fixed boot tone volume to be balanced across models
- Modified USB descriptors to support EFI menu console navigation on boot
As you can see, there are a variety of fixes and improvements that have been made. Currently, this update is only available to those in the Preview channel. If you’re not familiar, the Steam Deck software update channel has three different options: stable, beta, and preview. The stable channel is probably the best option for most of the users, as it provides the latest stable version of Steam Client and SteamOS. For those with a bit of an adventure, the beta channel provides the opportunity to test out new features before they are made available to the general public. The beta channel gives access to the latest beta version of Steam Client and the latest stable version of SteamOS. Finally, the most aggressive of the three is the preview channel. The preview channel allows users to test system-wide features and provides Steam Client beta and SteamOS beta. If the current beta update sounds like something you’d like to try, head over to the preview channel and give it a try. You can subscribe to the preview channel by heading to the Settings menu, going to System, and then changing your Steam update channel.