(Pocket-lint) – Valve has revealed that the Steam desktop client now supports the Steam Deck user interface. So it is possible to have that clean UI on your computer with just a few steps.
We’re big fans of the friendly design of the Steam Deck for accessing and browsing both the Steam store and the library. If you also enjoy using Steam in large image mode on your PC, then follow this guide to find out how to turn on the setting.
Access the Steam Beta
To use the Steam Deck UI on your desktop, you first need to follow a few simple steps to access the Steam Beta.
This gives you access to new features and updates to your Steam client. It’s free and you can reverse the process at any time if you don’t like the experience and want to delete.
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The access to Steam Beta follows these steps:
- Open Steam
- Click on the Steam menu at the top left
- Click on the settings option
- Under the account section look for “Beta participation”
- Click to change
- Via the beta participation drop-down menu select “Steam Beta Update”
- Click on eight
- Steam will then restart and update
Change the properties of Steam
You’re not there yet, there’s one more step you need to take to get the Steam Deck UI on your desktop. This involves editing your Steam launch shortcut to add an extra parameter to it. To do this:
- Right-click on your Steam shortcut (either on your desktop or taskbar)
- Click on Properties
- Click the shortcut tab in the window that appears
- Then add -gamepadui to the end of the target so it reads “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” -gamepadui
- Click on eight
- Close Steam (make sure you close it completely via the Taskbar
- Reopen Steam
Writing by Adrian Willings.