Valve has issued a new update for the Steam Deck''s OS, which includes a number of additional features and modifications. Most notably, players can now create profiles indicating the system to perform differently with each game. This should help users instill the balance between a smooth experience and a consistent battery life, which will not be identical for all games.
As the video above shows, Steam Deck owners might expect to manage graphics settings in games. However, the device also allows players to modify certain system-wide settings, such as resolution, framerate, brightness, processor speed, and TDP (Thermal Design Power). A YouTuber made significant battery life savings by capping the screen''s refresh rate at 40Hz.
The Steam Deck detects when players make such adjustments for specific games. Unlike AAA titles like Rogue Legacy 2 or Stardew Valley, setting limits on the system when playing lower-end games might drastically reduce battery drain without sacrificing performance. The following steps can be found under Quick Access Menu > Performance > Advanced View.
The Steam Deck can be improved from online to offline modes. The upgrade also allows users to participate in the Steam hardware survey. The latter should give us an idea of the Deck''s popularity.