It looks like Valve is hard at work preparing the Steam client for the imminent arrival of the Steam Deck. After months of waiting, the handheld console is being released on February 25, 2022 for reservation holders, which comes on the heel of news revealing that the Steam Deck Quick Resume functionality is "surprisingly fast", along with the revealing of the first list of Steam Deck verified games.
What UI updates has the Steam client received?
Over the past day, the Steam beta client has received UI updates that look to be very helpful, chief among them a "Space required" string that reveals how much space on your hard drive (or SSD) will be needed. This makes sense because generally, those on PC can easily make room (or already have the room) to install whatever game is needed.
The information is also available now on Steam, but you ordinarily wouldn't know without clicking on the "install" button, which simplifies the process for a console whose goal is to make Steam gaming more affordable and easier to get into. With the smaller hard drive and SSD size (a maximum of 512 GB on the Steam Deck), players will need to know at a glance how much room each game will take up on their console.
The second UI change is a cloud icon that shows whether or not your save files are synced or not. This is very useful because with the ability of the Steam Deck owners to take their console on the go, this information is absolutely necessary. After all, it'd be quite the buzzkill to try and play some Vampire Survivors and discover that you can't because your save file hasn't synced from your desktop PC to your portable console.
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