Valve’s hybrid gaming portable PC, the steam deck really hit the ground. Despite inventory issues, the small handheld PC gaming console continued to entertain those lucky enough to have one with plenty of fun games on the go.
The Steam Deck has still had a lot of small teething issues since launch, but most are gradually being resolved. An example are the Noisy fan problems That went helped a lot by a recent update. Another was the rapid acceptance of machine-verified games, and many that are not officially supported still work fine thanks to other fixes and tweaks.
Fortunately, updates and patches keep coming. The most recently of the valve it is only categorized as a small update with some patch notes, but it comes with per-game performance profiles. This should be a big help as it allows for more optimized gaming, especially with this portable hardware.
The notes explain that this new feature can be found by going to the Quick Access menu and then navigating to Performance and Advanced Visualization. From there, users should be able to change their per-game settings, which should be automatically saved and applied when the game starts. This can also be turned on or off at any time in case you made some bad decisions in that settings menu.
This gives gamers the power to actually dial into their settings, which is a nice touch on a handheld console. Games that don’t really benefit from full grunt might be declined in favor of saving battery life or optimizing performance elsewhere. While other games you want to look their best can keep these settings untouched. Generally speaking, this should make the Steam Deck a travel buddy even better than it already was.
There are some other notable features in the latest update. The Steam Deck will now automatically scale to a virtual 1280×800 resolution when connected to a remote monitor, which may be useful for some users. In addition, there are various keyboard fixes for various regions and improved performance when switching between online and offline modes.