Valve has shown itself ready to improve its already acclaimed Steam deck, and a new video shows what’s changed since February 25th.
That steam deck has been out for a little over a month, and since launch the developer has been keen to get feedback from the community so they can continue to improve their potentially time-defining handheld device. With Valve saying over 2,000 games are now verified for portable PC, the journey has really only begun as players continue to engage and the company uses responses to make improvements. A short video has been released that briefly goes into all the things that have changed on the Steam Deck over the past few weeks.
On the Steam Deck website, the nearly three-and-a-half-minute clip shows what’s been done to the device since it was released on February 25th. As this is still a new play, it’s understandable that there are teething problems. But in such a short amount of time, it seems obvious that Valve has done a lot to ensure the deck continues to make an impact in the mobile gaming sphere.
Along with the Steam Deck adding drivers for Windows 10 compatibility, one of the improvements made to the device is the on-screen keyboard. The video mentions a “dual trackpad” that allows for more natural typing. There are also more ways to categorize games in a user’s library, with the clip showing a list of titles that have been flagged as “single player.” On top of that, there are numerous additional features that make scrolling through games easier. Given that it’s a gaming device, it makes sense that the company would want to focus on that.
One of the other ways Valve has changed things is by implementing ways for users to improve Steam Deck battery life. One of the methods that can be used is to limit a game’s framerate, with the possibility of dropping it down to 15 fps. That seems like little, but the video goes on to say that this could be ideal for those playing visual novels or puzzle games.
Despite Valve’s history of unsuccessful hardware projects, it’s clear that the steam deck is something the developer is committed to. It’s already garnered a lot of praise from players and reviewers, and while there are notable issues that need to be addressed, it appears Gabe Newell and co. are working the case, especially given how much the device has already been improved upon.
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