The Steam Deck will finally not arrive this year, but not before February 2022. In question: the shortage of components which currently affects everyone in the high-tech world. In the meantime, Valve is still working on its hybrid PC / Console, notably by improving the SteamOS. Thus, the update 20211120.2 makes it possible to drop the weight of the OS to 10 GB against 24 GB initially. A great feat that allows you to take advantage of an additional 14 GB to install your games.
A nice patch list for the Steam Deck
The other novelty is the new design of the “Big Picture” TV mode, which will allow a better transition between the laptop and the PC. Here’s the update in its entirety:
- The Steam Deck touchscreen should now be reliable on every start-up
- Cosmetic improvements to the boot sequence, which should now be transparent
- Fixed the HDMI output not working after disconnection on some configurations
- Improved WiFi performance of the Steam Deck
- Steam bundle update for first start
- The operating system and preinstalled software now take up much less space on the internal drive (10 GB, compared to 24 GB). This update will only apply on the next full reprint
- BIOS 100 has been deployed for units with Micron memory, and BIOS 29 for units with Samsung memory. After updating to this version, you will be prompted to install a BIOS update the next time you connect to AC power.
- Updates to kernel drivers for WiFi, audio, GPU, and more.
Clearly, Valve is taking the extra time to make the user experience much more enjoyable on its Steam Deck, which only some handpicked developers can currently enjoy.