Valve has released a new Steam Deck Beta update that allows users to skip the device’s opening movie and get straight to playing games.
Detailed in a blog post on Steam, the update is only available if Steam Deck users have opted into its Beta and Preview channels, meaning the features are still being tested but will likely be made widely available soon.
For those taking part, however, pressing the B button during the opening movie will now skip straight to the Steam Deck’s main menu, shaving vital seconds from the boot time (or 90 minutes for the user who set Shrek to play as their opening movie, below).
The update also added auto-correct for Store and Library search results, support for the Games to Play Together feature, the option to add custom menu icons, and a menu option to view the components in the Steam Deck.
Various quality of life changes were also made, as Valve improved responsiveness to changes in the local network connection, removed the “Connecting to Steam…” delay when loading an offline game, and improved support for third-party PlayStation controllers.
A handful of bug fixes were made too, including an issue where audio would play quietly even when the volume was set to high and a crash caused by the performance graph being enabled with some languages.
The Steam Deck got off to a slow but steady start when it launched in February but has since picked up the pace after Valve committed to improving its production of the device, and customers can now simply buy a Steam Deck without having to join a waiting list.
Ryan Dinsdale is an freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.