In the context: Valve’s Steam Deck looks like a handheld game console, but it’s still a PC. Thus, customization is one of its main functions. Valve’s latest update to the device gives users even more control over how they customize it for each game.
Valve this week released new update for Steam Deck OS with several new features and fixes. In particular, players can now create profiles that tell the system that it will work differently in each game. This should help users optimize the balance between smooth operation and acceptable battery life, which will not be the same for all games.
Steam Deck owners obviously expect to control the graphics settings in games. However, the device also allows players to change some system-wide settings such as resolution, frame rate, brightness, CPU clock speed, and TDP (Thermal Design Power) as seen in the video above. Youtuber made significant battery savings by limiting the screen refresh rate to 40Hz.
With the latest update, Steam Deck remembers when players make such changes to individual games. Pixel art 2D games like Rogue Legacy 2 or Stardew Valley probably shouldn’t draw as many watts as AAA games like Elden Ring or God of War. Setting limits on the system when playing low-cost games can significantly reduce battery consumption without sacrificing performance. Users can find the new feature in Quick Access Menu > Productivity > Advanced View.
The update also allows Steam Deck to switch between online and offline modes more smoothly. It includes keyboard improvements and allows users to participate in Steam hardware overview. The latter should allow Valve’s monthly poll results to give us an idea of the deck’s popularity.
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