In short: Ever since Valve launched Steam Deck, the portable gaming PC has gotten more of a Steam desktop experience. The latest update adds a significant amount of multiplayer functionality and simplifies performance tuning.

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Steam Deck Software This Week Refresh makes Remote Play Together fully functional on a portable device. Now users can only join and conduct online sessions in games with local multiplayer mode.

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Valve introduced a feature on Steam in 2019 that allows a single user to stream a game to friends who can send their input to partially participate in local multiplayer while only the host needs to own a copy of the game. Steam Deck confirmed games that support Remote Play Together include NBA 2K22, Stardew Valley, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Cuphead and more.

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The patch also improves some of the useful tools previously introduced by Valve. A couple of weeks ago, users received the ability to control the Steam Deck clock speed, power consumption, resolution and screen refresh rate for each game. Users can now more easily set the refresh rate and fan speed as less demanding games should provide a quieter fan.

Another small update is a new quick format option that should make it easier to load new microSD cards. Other changes in this patch primarily focus on the user interface and minor bug fixes.