By FileTrekker 21 days ago, last updated 21 days ago
There's a new Beta Channel update for the Steam Deck available today, and it adds a new feature that will help boost battery life by optimizing the performance of your games while you're unplugged from the mains.
The new Game Refresh slider gives you the ability to limit the frame rate of games while running on battery power and essentially combines the old Refresh Rate and Frame Limit sliders found in the current version of SteamOS. Unlike previously, you can now cap the frame rate of games to 10fps and 20fps, which, while seemingly very low, could save you some precious battery life.
While 10fps is impractical for most use cases, 20fps could be perfectly serviceable for many types of games, such as city builders or narrative titles. Moreover, sometimes capping a game at a lower framerate can actually prove to be a more stable experience, with less frame bounding, especially on less capable hardware.
Elsewhere, the new beta update fixes some issues and visual glitches, here's a full changelog;
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