Steam Deck update adds lock screen functionality and more

Valve has released a new update for the Steam Deck that significantly changes the client and operating system on the handheld game console. The lock screen and PIN function can be changed to display when the Steam Deck wakes up, starts up, logs in, or when entering desktop mode. In short, the Steam Deck can be much more secure now than before this update.

Along with the new lock screen, the Steam Deck Achievements page has been refreshed to make it faster to load and easier to navigate. There are also localized keyboards on the Steam Deck for 21 languages ​​and layouts, support for games and apps that have multiple windows, and a bunch of OS beta updates that have now been made readily available outside of it.

You can check out the full patch notes for the new Steam Deck client and OS update, straight from the sourcebelow:

Customer update:

Added lock screen functionality

  • The lock screen is device-specific and can be configured to appear on wake-up, startup, login, and/or when entering desktop mode
  • The PIN can be entered using the touch screen or the 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 switch between active keyboards

Added support for multiple windows in an app or game.

  • Tap Steam to show active windows and select the window you want to show
  • Useful for web browsers or games with launchers

Updated the design of the Achievements page, making it faster to load and easier to navigate

New Achievement dropdown allows players to quickly compare stats with any friend who is also playing

Add a friend and pending requests have been combined into one new page for better friend request management

Added logic to detect and warn the user when a microSD card does not match the advertised size and storage specification, instead of trying to format (for a very long time)

Fixed an issue where the Steam and (…) buttons could not be used with Remote Play when streaming games from PC

More performance improvements for players with very large game libraries

Operating system update:

Added a message when a charger that does not meet the minimum bar is plugged in

Added uncapped frame rate setting in Quick Access > Performance menu

Added experimental Half-Rate Shading option to Quick Access > Performance menu, forcing 2×2 variable rate shading in existing games to save power

Added support for fTPM, allowing installation of Windows 11

Added button combo: Hold “…” + “Volume Down” to reset PD contract in cases where Steam Deck is stuck due to incompatible Type-C device

Updated power LED to dim for a few seconds after power connect events for better experience in dark environments

Improved compatibility for a number of Type-C docking stations and power supplies

Improved battery life in idle or very low usage scenarios

Improved stability

Fixed issues where the touchscreen was not working after a few starts

Fixed compatibility with certain SD cards specifically when used as boot devices.

Fixed extra haptic click when pressing on trackpads

Fixed ACPI error in kernel

As mentioned above, the new Steam Deck client and OS update is now live. More broadly, the Steam Deck is available in several different versions with the base model at $399 while the most expensive version is at $649. The difference between them is largely in the amount of storage and the speed of that storage. It’s available for reservation now on Valve’s website, although there’s a significant wait before they ship out next. You can check out all of our previous Steam Deck coverage here.

What do you think of the latest Steam Deck update? Have you ever been able to try one for yourself? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to hit me up and hit me up directly on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk about all things gaming!

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