After testing an update to the Steam Deck that was available in beta, Valve has officially released it with more fixes and improvements, including a fix that addresses a glitch in Red Dead Redemption 2.
next to the software update (opens in new tab)there was also news that the Steam Dock is now available for purchase, along with the removal of having to reserve an order for a Steam Deck.
The update brings several improvements to how you can scale the screen, which can help those with accessibility needs, as well as better support for when you connect a Deck to an external screen. You can download this update by going to Settings > System > Update.
With these improvements, it makes me wonder how well the Steam Deck could perform on up to 4K screens, and how the quality could be when playing games at a higher resolution than the standard 1280×800 that the laptop offers.
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The more I use the Steam Deck, the more convinced I am of its ability to be the Switch for PC gaming. Some might scoff at the lack of being able to play a game in 4K with ray tracing, but I’m from a time when I needed to find a light source to see my GameBoy black and white to complete a level in WarioLand, so I still feel like I’m in future while playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the train without any problems.
However, Valve clearly states in the video that the update also helps other third-party docks you may have, so be aware that there will be situations where you’ll want to dock your Steam Deck for a quick game of something.
With Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale on October 11, a USB-C dock will be something I’ll be keeping an eye on. Since I sold my Gaming PC, my 1440P monitor is being used as an extension for my MacBook Pro when needed, but having a dedicated space for my Steam Deck is a tempting prospect.
Couple that with Valve’s impressive speed of updating the handheld with these updates every few weeks, we can’t help but wonder what other features might be coming to it and the Dock soon.