Valve has just addressed my biggest complaint about Steam Deck

Wow. I’ve been playing with Steam Deck regularly since I’m reviewed it in February, and every update Valve has released over the last two months has done something about Deck a little bit better. But the latest update, which is currently in beta testing, is far from the most significant, and it dramatically improves Steam Deck’s most obvious flaw: its noisy fan.

We wrote a separate article on launch day about Steam Deck’s fan notices how high it is when trying to keep the powerful AMD hardware cool. Volume is not the only problem with the Deck fan: due to its size or the design of the fan, it produces a particularly whining sound when turned up to full speed. Steam Deck fans have started talking about the fan lottery because of two different fan models available in various Steam tires. I do not have two decks to test side by side, but I can say that I notice the fan every time I use Steam Deck. It’s a nuisance I’m been willing to put myself in, but the latest update brings Deck in line with the quiet Nintendo Switch, at least when playing less demanding games.