Latest Steam Deck update adds a most-requested features

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Among the best features of the Steam Deck is how the portable gaming PC utilises its AMD RDNA 2 graphics and 40 watt-hour battery to its most potential. Aside from the ability to throttle the CPU, GPU, and game limiter since the game’s debut, you may now lower your screen’s refresh rate to increase your effective frame rate and lower latency.

The hitch is that even if you discovered a perfect combination that provided you the battery life and/or performance you desire, the Steam Deck would not save those settings per game.

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Every time you switched between games, you would need to learn them and toggle the relevant switches. This has changed today.

The Wednesday update now includes per-game performance options, allowing you to define a specific performance profile for each of your games with a simple toggle in the Quick Access menu.

You can have a “usually I like my games running at 30fps” setting, as well as “Elden Ring should run at 40fps with a 40Hz refresh rate” and “Vampire Survivors should run at 10fps and 5 watts because I want to play it for the duration of this car ride” settings, if you so choose.

This has been one of the most-requested Steam Deck features since its inception, and I’m hoping to see more — because it doesn’t let you set multiple profiles (such as one profile when you’re plugged into AC power, and another for the longest battery life you can manage), or save and share profiles with the larger community so that Power Users can assist the less-tweak-happy among us in getting games to run better.

Valve has already demonstrated how powerful this can be with community controller profiles; a large portion of the reason why many old titles are immediately playable on the Steam Deck is because users were encouraged to share Steam Controller setups in the past.)

I believe Valve is well aware of this, and that today’s release also provides the framework for this. Even if the Steam Deck may not yet be available for all Nintendo Switch owners, update every update demonstrates that Valve is attentive to the comments of power users.

Here is the complete Steam Deck changelog. Holding down the power button will now “stop streaming” a game, and Valve has moved the haptics and rumbling toggles out of the Quick Access menu. This is a change I disagree with; they were useful when an older game (can’t recall which) was overly enthusiastic with the vibrations.