Valve looks back on Steam Deck’s first month and what’s to come

It’s been a month since the first steam decks came out personally hand delivered by Gabe Newelland Valve marked the occasion with a blog post (opens in new tab) looking back on last month’s worth of developments. For starters, there’s the fact that 2,000 games now have the official Deck Verified or Playable seal of approval.

“It’s been exciting to see the variety of games the community is playing – new or old, big or small, all genres – it looks like players are having a great time on the Deck,” writes Valve. “We will continue to charge for the Steam catalog and can’t wait to share the next big milestone here.” If you want to help, Valve has added a feedback feature for Deck Verified games so Steam Deck users can agree or disagree with a rating.

On the anti-cheat issue, which prevented verification of some games, Valve says: “The two biggest anti-cheat services, BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat, now have a simplified path for developers who choose to enable support for Proton and Steam Deck. Elden Ring and Apex Legends are two examples of games that are taking advantage of this work, so far.”

Updates to the Steam Deck operating system are noted, such as improvements to the on-screen keyboard and dual trackpad typing, as well as the fact that the game mode keyboard can be used in desktop mode now, and the addition of keyboard themes. “We spent some time making the Steam Store more responsive and more responsive on the Deck,” writes Valve. “Also, we realize that browsing libraries can be difficult if you have a lot of games, so we’ve made it easier with fast scrolling. We’ve also added the ability to create dynamic collections in your library based on tags and other game features.”

On the subject of improved battery life, which is “always at the top of our list”, Valve has added an option to reduce the frame rate to 15fps. As it says, “this setup works great for visual novels, puzzles, and many simulation games”, as well as noting “for those who like to tinker, we’ve built TDP (processor power), GPU clock control, and FSR ( screen) available to further optimize power.”

Finally, Valve says it is working with hardware partners including AMD on Windows drivers. “FTPM support is currently in beta, and once released, Windows 11 can be installed. The last big part is the Windows audio drivers, and we hope to share good news about that soon.”

That said, our Dave James tried Locking Windows on a Steam Deck and didn’t love it. “Windows wasn’t made for life on small screens,” he said, “and it wasn’t designed for a dedicated gaming device either. It’s an all-in-one operating system made for the Swiss Army knife that is a modern PC. such a pure focus on handheld games like the Steam Deck is a mostly weird experience.”

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