Forward of the Steam Deck’s launch, Valve has detailed a brand new characteristic for Steam’s cloud saves that ought to carry over your progress out of your Steam Deck again to your PC (or one other Steam Deck) even whenever you put your Steam Deck into droop mode with out totally exiting a sport. Valve has talked about this intriguing idea before, however now it has a reputation — Dynamic Cloud Sync.
Right here’s the way it ought to work: whenever you put your Steam Deck into sleep mode, Dynamic Cloud Sync will robotically add “all modified save sport information” to the cloud, Valve explained in a blog post published Monday. That approach, you possibly can choose up your save whenever you sit down at your PC or one other machine with Steam. The Steam Deck will even robotically obtain save updates whenever you get up the machine.
The characteristic sounds very useful, and if it really works as marketed, it may make the myriad of cell guarantees made by the Steam Deck really feel attainable. Seamless cloud saves is one thing rivals (just like the Nintendo Change) have struggled with. That stated, Valve says builders should manually allow Dynamic Cloud Sync of their video games, so it would take time for the characteristic to be out there in a few of your favourite titles, and it’s assured to require web connectivity.
If Dynamic Cloud Sync isn’t enabled, Steam will nonetheless observe progress you make in your Steam Deck. “Nonetheless, any consumer who suspends their Deck whereas your sport is operating after which tries to renew that sport on a distinct machine will likely be prompted to first return to their Deck to shut the operating course of or proceed with out their most up-to-date save sport progress,” Valve says within the put up supposed for builders.
Dynamic Cloud Sync may very well be one of many Steam Deck’s greatest new options, and hopefully, we gained’t have to attend lengthy to attempt it for ourselves, because the device’s February 2022 launch is sort of right here. However in case you haven’t already secured a reservation, you may be ready a bit longer to get your arms on the hand held gaming PC, as Valve’s anticipated order availability for brand new reservations is presently a obscure “after Q2 2022.”