The latest SteamOS 3.5.12 update, whimsically titled "Elves in Tuxedos," brings many intriguing features and fixes to the Steam Deck Preview channel.
Enhanced Controller Support
HyperX Clutch Gladiate Controllers: A significant addition in this update is the support for HyperX Clutch Gladiate controllers. These controllers are known for their ergonomic design and enhanced gaming experience. With this integration, SteamOS extends its compatibility, allowing users to enjoy a broader range of gaming peripherals.
Joy-Con Connection Issue: An essential fix in this update addresses a system restart issue when Joy-Con controllers are connected. This fix enhances the stability of the system when using Nintendo's popular Joy-Con controllers, ensuring a smoother gaming experience without unexpected restarts.
WiFi Stability: Another critical fix pertains to WiFi stability. Previous versions encountered a crash related to certain WiFi bands, where the driver would incorrectly attempt to set the spatial stream count. This update resolves this issue, leading to improved WiFi performance and reliability, particularly important for online gaming and downloads.
How to Access the Update
To experience these new features and fixes, users must opt into the Steam Deck Preview channel. This can be done by navigating to Settings > System > System Update Channel on the Steam Deck. It's important for users to remember that as a preview update, some features might still have bugs or issues that are being ironed out.