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Steam Deck update – OS and Client beta releases

Last Updated on December 1, 2023
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Valve has released a new OS update for the Steam Deck Stable and Beta channels, which brings a number of fixes and, in the case of Forza Horizon 5, improved performance.

As per the official website, this includes all the changes that have been tested in the Preview channel and are:

  • Temporarily reverted RDR2 VRAM workaround to pre-3.3 behavior
  • Fixed an issue causing random 0.2s stutter
  • Fixed an issue causing performance drops when a UI element appeared on screen if the performance HUD was enabled.
  • Improved performance for Forza Horizon 5

You can opt into this in Settings > System > Steam Update Channel.

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Elsewhere, as cited on the official Steam Deck website, there was also Steam Deck Beta and Preview channel update, which includes new features that are still being tested.

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  • Allow users to remove community layouts that they’ve created. Users who have this config selected won’t lose it, but it will no longer be listed in the community layouts.
  • Removed a check which would only show your layouts in your personal layouts, even when shared with the community – this was causing users to think their configuration has not been exported.
  • Fixed a bug on saving configurations where the controller type could attempt to use a cached valued which was incorrect, causing the layout controller type to appear to be incorrect.
  • Changed the OSK chord to be on button release instead of press to resolve some issues with focus on the desktop window.
  • Added Shared Layout preview of layouts which shows a layout and allows it to be optionally assigned. If the user clicks on a steam url link to a config (via chat for example) while in Game Mode, this will be shown.
  • Added support for Nintendo Joy-Cons
  • Improved FlickStick mode

Other

  • Added Discovery Queue to Home screen under the Recommended tab
  • No longer showing a Steam Cloud sync error notification when installing a game
  • Fixed issue where a 2.9GB read-only library is displayed when the microSD card is unmounted manually
  • Added game resolution setting to non-Steam app properties

You can opt into this in Settings > System > Steam Update Channel.

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