Valve has released the first major software update for the Steam Deck handheld game console, bringing many improvements to the device. The update is rolling out to all Steam Deck owners.
The most immediate change the user is experiencing is the new login screen, something that Steam Deck has been missing. Users can now set a 6-digit PIN that can be entered either using the touch screen or using the gadget’s in-game controls. You can set the lock screen to appear on startup, wake up the device, switch to desktop mode, or any combination of these.
Notably, SteamOS now supports switching between multiple windows in the game interface by pressing the Steam button. This is especially handy for some of the more complex Windows games running at the Steam Proton compatibility level. Steam OS also added localized touchscreen keyboard input for 21 new languages and a more streamlined interface for Steam achievements.
Small changes include better standby and low power battery life, unlimited frame rates in the Performance tab, a new warning for USB-C chargers that don’t have enough power to actually charge the device, and improved dock support. USB-C stations and SD cards. Steam Deck also adds support for AMD fTPM technology (Firmware Trusted Platform Module), which makes it much easier to install Windows 11 directly on the device.