Whether you own a Steam deck or you’re still waiting, the speed of updates from Valve is impressive. The beta channel has an early chance to see Steam OS 3.2, after the so-called “lock screen update” was released just a few days ago. With this next edition, it seems that some exciting quality of life is coming our way. At least not the recently promised refresh rate switching feature.
The built-in display on the Steam Deck is 60Hz, even though the uncapped frame rate has recently been added. Whether you limit the FPS to 30 or 15 in a game, the display is always 60 Hz. With Steam OS 3.2, however, it looks like the previously discussed refresh rate switcher is on the way.
This new feature allows you to actually change the refresh rate of the Steam Deck display. Just like you can do on an external monitor. In the right-hand quick access menu, there’s a new option to change the refresh rate to a value between 40Hz and 60Hz. A previous demonstration by YouTuber The Phawx showed remarkable results for battery life by limiting the refresh rate to 40 Hz. This was done on Windows, but it’s already a thing on Steam OS now.
When the refresh rate is changed the FPS limiting feature on the Steam deck will automatically update to provide 1:1, 1:2, 1:4, and uncapped options.
The other big feature already in testing is a new fan curve. A lot has been said about the fans on Steam Deck , I personally didn’t think they were as well bad , And Valve is already working on that:
- An OS-controlled fan curve was added to improve the experience in low usage scenarios, and adjust how the fan reacts to different scenarios and temperatures.
Anyone with a Steam deck can turn to the beta channel in Settings and try it out if they wish. To see what else is included in Steam OS 3.2 right now, check out the full patch note.