After a few months on the market, and with more and more people buying their Steam Deck, is proving its worth in the mobile gaming industry. Of course, it’s not perfect, but with Valve’s handheld now supporting over 4,000 games, and that number just keeps growing, it’s been a successful endeavor for the company.
Therefore, the developer is very keen to keep the system up to date, and a recent patch provides an overheating warning for users. Following the release of SteamOS version 3.3, the patch notes for the latest update to Steam Deck highlight a number of tweaks and fixes that have been implemented.
One of the most interesting is that the device will now notify players when the “temperature goes out of the safe operating range”. This probably means that users will be warned when it is too hot or too cold to use the device safely. However, it does not say what happens if these notifications are ignored.
This new update is likely to have come after Valve issued a warning about how the use of the Steam Deck during the heat wave could hurt its performance. Since it works best between temperatures of 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, the company has urged people to be careful using the mobile PC beyond this range, adding that it can “detract” from functionality.
It has been said that the device will shut down if the APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, gets hotter than 105 degrees. This warning was issued as the UK was experiencing record-breaking heatwaves last month.