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A new Steam Deck Beta Client update was pushed out today! This one brings in a bunch of fixes, as well as adds a binding listener dialog to let you bind inputs by physically pressing a key and reinstating LED Color/Brightness as a bindable action. The fixes are across Steam Input and Desktop Mode, with 1 general fix for a crash relating to http transfers.

Steam Deck Beta Client Update 5/1/23 Changelog:


  • Fixed a crash related to http transfers

Desktop Mode

  • Fixed -silent command-line option not working
  • Fixed windows not grouping together in the taskbar
  • Fixed pinning a steam window to the taskbar resulting in a shortcut that could not launch steam
  • Fixed association of steam windows with the steam.desktop application entry

Steam Input

  • Virtual Menus now work in the desktop overlay
  • Added binding listener dialog that lets you bind inputs by hitting a mouse button, keyboard key, or gamepad button
  • LED Color/Brightness Action reinstated as a bindable action. Find the Action settings inside the Game Pad tab when selecting an action binding (available on controllers with LEDs only).
  • Fixed the controller configurator not fully closing when backing out via gamepad in the Desktop overlay
  • Fixed the controller configurator opening layout previews in a new window instead of directly in the configurator
  • Fixed cases where alt-tabbing between the stand alone instance of the desktop configurator and a game would not update the in-game

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Noah Kupetsky
A lover of gaming since 4, Noah has grown up with a love and passion for the industry. From there, he started to travel a lot and develop a joy for handheld and PC gaming. When the Steam Deck released, it just all clicked.
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