SteamOS 3.2 Beta adds OS-controlled fan curve and more experimental features


The SteamOS 3.2 Beta is now available for Steam Deck users. This update includes features that are still in testing, such as: B. an operating system controlled fan curve, experimental support for changing the refresh rate in the game and more. As these are experimental features, users will need to log in through the system settings on the Steam deck.

Since the release of the Steam Deck in February, Valve has been quick to add new features through various updates. The latest update added a lock screen and improved the battery life of the handheld system. Pretty major features are still being added to the Steam Deck two months after its launch, and it’s likely that we’ll see many more coming to the Steam Deck in the near future.

No more noisy fans

The SteamOS 3.2 Beta includes a much smaller list of features, but they’re pretty cool nonetheless. The first thing to be covered is the new OS controlled fan curve. This is specifically designed to make the system run more quietly in low load scenarios. In the past, some users have complained that the Steam deck would get a bit noisy, especially when running an intense title. The OS-controlled fan curve should help to some extent, although graphics-intensive titles will still push the system.

Experimental support for changing the in-game screen refresh rate is also coming with the SteamOS 3.2 Beta. You can access this via a slider in the quick access menu, where you can choose between 40Hz and 60Hz. Lowering the refresh rate improves performance in some titles. The frame rate limit slider values ​​will also change to sync with the selected frame rate in 1:1, 1:2, and 1:4 ratios.

SteamOS Beta 3.2

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The final experimental feature is support for automatically invoking the Steam keyboard in desktop mode. This will only happen in some cases, but it’s easy to imagine it would get annoying. Hopefully Valve will also provide a way to disable this feature when it comes out of beta. In addition, two other new fixes include solving the OS fan control not resuming after waking the device and an issue with entering the “€” symbol.

Valve’s continued support of the Steam Deck is great to see. The SteamOS 3.2 Beta brings a small but impactful set of features to the system. The OS controlled fan curve is a particularly nice addition and aims to make the system more enjoyable to use.

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