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Feb 17, Steam Deck Beta Client Update

Steam Deck Client Channel has received a pretty big update with an exceptional feature of allowing Steam Installs to be transferred between PC's or PC to Steam Deck without the need to re-download, making the transfer a local transfer and not via the Internet.

The new Steam Local Network Game Transfers feature allows Steam users to copy existing Steam game installations and update files from one PC to another over a local area network, without having to download and install from a Steam content server on the internet. This reduces internet traffic and can speed up installs or updates.

The Network Game Transfers feature is currently only PC -> PC or PC -> Steam Deck, and both sender and receiver must have opted into Steam Beta. More details on Steam Local Network Game Transfers can be found here

More Bug fixes for Steam Deck were also added, we have highlighted the most relevant ones below:

Steam Input
  • Added a loading throbber when waiting on Steam Cloud to update

  • Added a loading throbber that shows while the Configuration Browser workshop query is running

  • Fixed some issues where focus was lost after exiting a game

  • Reduced flashing in background when scrolling through games on home screen

Desktop Mode: Steam
  • Added UI that temporarily takes over the "What's New" section of the Library when pre-purchased games are available to pre-load or install and play

  • Added UI at startup for account selection

  • Fixed a crash when the OS is notifying Steam that it should shutdown

  • Refreshed the profile games page with a new style and improved performance

Full release notes for the latest Steam Deck Beta client update can be found here

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