June 16, 2024

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A new update to the Steam Deck has been rolled out and it adds a handful of new features to the handheld console.

According to Valve’s new blog post, the Steam Deck now has the ability to set a lockscreen with PIN to the console, meaning that only you can access the console.

In addition to this, the update also improved the achievements section of the console, giving it a faster loading time and easier navigation.

Finally, the update also adds window-switching the machine, meaning that you can jump back and forth between different games or a web browser much faster.

If you want to read up on the full patch notes of the update, look no further:

Added Lock Screen feature

  • Lock screen is specific to device, and can be set to show up on wake, boot, login, and/or when switching to Desktop mode
  • PIN can be entered using the touchscreen or controls

Added localized keyboards for 21 languages and layouts:

  • Multiple keyboards can be enabled in Settings > Keyboard > Active Keyboards
  • Use the new globe key on the keyboard to cycle between active keyboards

Added support for multiple windows within one application or game.

  • Press Steam to view active windows and select which window you would like to view
  • Useful for web browsers or games with launchers
  • Updated Achievements page design, making it faster to load and easier to navigate
  • New achievements drop down allows players to quickly compare stats against any friend who also plays
  • Add Friend and Pending Requests have been combined into a single new page for better handling of friend requests
  • Added logic to detect and notify user when a microSD card doesn’t match advertised storage size and specifications, instead of attempting to format (for a very long time)
  • Fixed issue where Steam and (…) button couldn’t be used with Remote Play when streaming games from PC
  • More performance improvements for players with very large game libraries

OS Update:

  • Added messaging when a charger that doesn’t meet the minimum bar is plugged in
  • Added uncapped framerate setting in Quick Access menu > Performance
  • Added Half-Rate Shading experimental option to Quick Access menu > Performance, forcing 2×2 Variable Rate Shading into existing games for power savings
  • Added fTPM support, enabling Windows 11 installation
  • Added button combo: hold “…” + “Volume Down” to reset PD contract in the cases where Steam Deck gets stuck due to an incompatible Type-C device
  • Updated power LED to dim a few seconds after power supply connection events for better experience in dark environments
  • Improved compatibility for a number of Type-C docks and PSUs
  • Improved battery life in idle or very low usage scenarios
  • Improved stability
  • Fixed issues where the touchscreen does not work after some boots
  • Fixed compatibility with some SD cards specifically when used as boot devices.
  • Fixed extra haptic click when pressing on trackpads
  • Fixed ACPI error spew in the kernel

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