Valve’s handheld gaming computer Steam Deck looks to be a real success, the first of its kind after many valiant attempts by various manufacturers to develop a handheld gaming computer that has all fallen on various technical shortcomings.
With a huge demand and long waiting times to be able to order one, Valve’s developers have a lot to stand on, but have still managed the first major update of Steam Deck’s basic software and the operating system Steam OS.
Among other things, the basic software adds support for AMD’s ftpm technology so that those who would rather have Windows than the Linux-based Steam OS can now easily install Windows 11.
Steam OS’s biggest news is a login screen when you launch it. You can set a six-digit PIN code to unlock the device, and the code can be entered either on the touch screen or with the hand control. You can also activate it as a lock screen when Steam Deck wakes from sleep and when you switch to desktop mode.
Other news include better support for USB-C docking stations and SD cards, and a smart feature for scrolling through a game’s various open windows with the Steam button – something that may be needed in some Windows games running via Proton and for example, have login in a separate window.