Yesterday’s Deck client beta update mostly focuses on improving the on-screen keyboard, fixing a couple of issues it had, as well as fixes for Steam Input and Remote Play. Patch notes are as follows: General Improved the responsiveness of On-Screen Keyboard Fixed missing keystrokes when touch typing on the On-Screen Keyboard in desktop mode Fixed the in-game On-Screen Keyboard text entry dialog sometimes having buttons cut off Steam Input Fixed issue where command settings would not save Fixed an issue where Mouse Edge Spin would be more sensitive on the left-side of the trackpad than the right Remote Play
About a week-and-a-half ago, Valve opened up Steam Deck repair centers. My close acquaintence, Matthew Anderson (ChimeraOS contributor, based in the US), made good use out of them when the fan in his Deck was making loud grinding sounds. I’m documenting this in case you’re curious how long it takes to get your Deck back or what exactly happens after it’s been sent out, should you decide to send it for repair.
Though you could freely work on your own Deck with replacement parts from iFixit, Valve has finally launched their service support centers. Now should you have broken parts and are too nervous to fix it yourself, you can send it over: If you encounter an issue and need to send your Steam Deck for repair or replacement, devices will now go to one of our repair centers. Once there, our team will diagnose the device, repair if needed, then ship the fixed unit back to you.
As Phoronix had spotted earlier today, Distrobox – a wrapper that creates and uses containers (like a distro) that are highly integrated into the host machine – got a pretty big update with 1.4.0. I won’t go over the changes, but I will say this: there’s now documentation on how to get Distrobox set up on the Steam Deck. Just look under the “SteamOS 3” section on their table. Simply run steamos-readonly disable via the terminal to disable the immutable file system, then follow their installation instructions for Arch Linux or install Podman to $HOME.
Steam Deck Checker is a YouTube channel that covers all things Steam Deck. Though it’s primarily a German-speaking channel, there are a few videos that are in English. One such video is how to stream your Xbox to your Deck. The video has step-by-step instructions on how to get it set up. The process requires getting the AppImage of Xbox Xcloud client, marking it as executable, then adding it as a non-Steam game.
Valve’s Steam Deck booklet made reference, not just to Linus Tech Tips’ heatsink installation on the Deck, but also the number of verified/playable games they’ve reached. In the booklet it says 4,500+, but now that number has reached over 5k. Great progress, right? Well, here’s a pet peeve of mine. The Internet goes wild whenever this number increases. Yes, we might have hit 5k verified/playable games on Deck. But here’s the problem: not all of those games that have received the green check mark or the yellow exclaimation point actually work on Deck.
Though r/SteamDeck is littered with pictures of people showing off their Deck or asking for a support request, there are occasionally some useful posts there. One such instance is what you should be getting when buying a MicroSD card. And I feel it’s important enough to mention it here, since I talk about the Steam Deck pretty frequently and some don’t know what they should get. You should be getting a U3 A2 UHS-I.
Steam Deck Client Beta Update Replaces Big Picture Configurator in Desktop Mode with a New Configurator
Today’s beta Deck client update mostly focuses on bug fixes, plus the styling of command names in Steam Input has been improved. Patch notes are as follows: General Fixed scrolling on home recommended screen due to discovery queue Fixed issue where What’s New section was not populated properly Steam Input Replaced the Big Picture configurator in desktop mode with a windowed view of the new Configurator. This currently only applies to desktop mode on Steam Deck.
It’s nice to see third-party manufacturers come up with their own solutions ahead of the first-party release. In this case, since Valve has indefinitely delayed their docking station for the Steam Deck (and there’s still no news of it since), there’s other solutions that we can use in the meantime. I got in touch with Steve from Etsy (DeadEyeVR). Though he mostly specializes in VR products, he happens to have a Steam Deck hub available, and he was willing to send a review unit over.
In the Q4 category while waiting for your Deck, yet somehow you still got an email? It’s not a mistake! Valve’s Lawrence Yang mentioned on Twitter: Hi all, a few of you may have received an order email for your “Q4 window” Steam Deck reservation today. This wasn’t a mistake! Production has outperformed our estimates, and we’ll be moving more Q4 folks into the Q3 window. Wow. Production is scary fast.