Prepping for the hand-held launch, one suspects

The Steam Deck standing in front of a laptop running Steam

If you’re opted into Valve’s Steam shopper beta, you’ll have seen a few small however probably very useful UI updates that rolled out up to now few hours. Changes which can be accessible on desktop however may very well be much more useful, methinks, on the upcoming Steam Deck.

The first seems on the Library web page of video games you personal, however haven’t put in but: a brand new “Space required” string that lists how a lot arduous drive or SSD house it should want. As it stands on the principle Steam shopper, you may’t usually see this information with out clicking the Install button, in order that’s a click on saved everytime you’re looking for out if a brand new sport (or nostalgic re-install) will match onto stuffed storage.

Clearly that’s a useful change for any PC or laptop computer, although I do surprise if it was made with the Steam Deck in thoughts. With even the most costly Steam Deck’s SSD measurement maxing out at 512GB, free house may shortly replenish, except you additionally shell out for an up-to-spec SD card. Or ignore Valve’s recommendation and improve the SSD itself. Either approach, the Steam Deck’s UI will share loads of parts with Steam’s desktop interface, so you may most likely anticipate the extra available set up measurement indicators to assist allocate house on the hand-held too. For now, right here’s a lil’ earlier than and after:

A zoomed-in view of the Steam Library page for Dota 2.
The Steam UI's 'space required' indicator in the client beta update.

The second change replaces that indicator as soon as a sport is put in, and it’s a brand new Steam Cloud icon that exhibits whether or not your save recordsdata are synced or not. Again, it’s small modification, however one which extra conveniently communicates information that you just’d in any other case have to attempt launching the sport to seek out out. A cloud with a tick means all is properly, and if a sport is out of sync, you may click on the icon to try a re-sync. Neat!

A new Steam Cloud sync icon in the Steam Library, as it appears in the latest client beta.

This characteristic (or one thing near-identical to it) would even be a positive match for the Steam Deck, given its transportable nature and chance of being dragged out of Wi-Fi vary. And preserving observe of sync standing can be much more necessary in video games that assist Dynamic Cloud Sync, a brand new model of Valve’s cloud saving system that goals to streamline switching between the Steam Deck and a PC.

All that stated, these two little UI enhancements are good to have simply on Steam’s desktop model. So, in the event you can’t look ahead to them to come back to the principle shopper, you may choose into the beta by opening Steam’s settings menu, clicking “Change” within the Beta participation part and deciding on “Steam Beta Update” from the drop-down checklist.

As for the Steam Deck, its official launch date is the twenty fifth of February, so those that received their reservations in early may have the transportable PC of their mitts by the tip of the month.