Valve has released a new beta update for the Steam Deck, improving the experience of the device while docked and connected to an external monitor, among other changes.
The most significant change is the possibility to now select what resolution you want to set your Steam Deck to when connecting the Deck to an external monitor. Previously, the Steam Deck locked you to whatever was the highest resolution of your monitor or TV.
This makes us wonder if the official, previously delayed Steam Deck Dock will come soon. In the meantime, it will improve compatibility with third-party docks like the ones from Jsaux.
You can find the full changelog below:
- Added external display output resolution and refresh rate selection UI in Display Settings (requires Steam Client Beta)
- Automatically avoid problematic resolutions like 4096x2160 or 30Hz modes on external displays
- Improved frame pacing when compositing (such as when FSR is enabled)
- Improved touch / de-touch detection speeds
- Fixed in-game camera control issues when using a physical mouse
- Fixed aspect ratio and resolution not properly switching in the Steam UI after reconnecting an external monitor
- Fixed a scenario where an SD Card format operation could fail
- Fixed an issue where frames could drop on external displays at lower refresh rates
- Fixed an issue where small touches would be ignored on edges of some trackpads
- Fixed unsolicited random haptic events
- Fixed boot tone volume to be equalized across models
- Modified USB descriptors to support controller navigation in EFI menu at boot