The coolest characteristic of the Steam Deck — bar none, in case you ask me — is how the transportable gaming PC permits you to get the absolute most from its AMD RDNA 2 graphics and 40 watt-hour battery. As of the last update, you may decrease the display’s refresh price to improve your efficient framerate and decrease latency, and also you’ve been capable of throttle the CPU, GPU and body limiter since launch. The catch: even in case you found out a fantastic mixture that gave you the battery life and/or efficiency you crave, the Steam Deck wouldn’t save these settings per recreation.
You’d need to memorize them, and flick the toggles appropriately, each time you switched to a special recreation. That adjustments right now.
Wednesday’s update now comes with per-game efficiency settings, letting you flick a single change in the Quick Access menu to set a customized efficiency profile for every of your video games.
Flick it off, and also you’ll be again to your international system settings, so you possibly can have each a “generally I like my games running at 30fps” setting but in addition “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 entirety of this car ride” if you want.
This has been one of the most-requested Steam Deck features since the starting, and I’m hoping there’s extra to return — as a result of it doesn’t allow you to set a number of profiles (like one profile while you’re plugged into AC energy, and one other for the longest battery life you possibly can handle), or save and share profiles with the bigger neighborhood in order that we Power Users may also help the less-tweak-happy amongst us get their video games working higher.
(Valve already confirmed us how highly effective that may be with neighborhood controller profiles — an enormous cause many historical video games have been instantly playable on the Steam Deck is as a result of customers have been inspired to add configurations for the Steam Controller again in the day.)
I believe Valve may be very conscious of this, and that right now’s update lays the groundwork for that as nicely. Because whereas the Steam Deck nonetheless would possibly not be ready for everybody who would possibly choose up a Nintendo Switch, update after update has proven Valve is listening carefully and intently to energy consumer suggestions.
Digital Foundry just lately did an excellent look at how the earlier update’s adjustable refresh price and fan curve allow you to get extra out of the Steam Deck. I’m embedding a replica beneath on your viewing pleasure.
You can learn the full Steam Deck changelog here. The relaxation is usually bugfixes, although you can too now maintain down the energy button to “stop streaming” a recreation, and Valve moved the haptics and rumble toggles away from the Quick Access menu. That’s a change I really disagree with; they got here in useful when an older recreation (can’t keep in mind which) was actually overzealous with the vibrations.