One of the biggest issues related to Steam deck Valve is Windows compatibility. Valve made it clear that Windows 10 will work, but the Windows 11 it was a question mark. However, the company is working with AMD to ensure the device works with the Windows 11.
What is Steam Deck Valve?
The Steam Deck is a portable gaming computer created by Valve. Imagine a Nintendo Switch with standard PC hardware running standard PC games and you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
The Steam Deck Valve is basically just a PC. It uses standard PC hardware and runs standard PC operating systems such as Linux and Windows – we'll get to the software in a moment.
Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais revealed hardware specs for IGN. Each Steam Deck Valve uses AMD Zen 2 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPU, and all come with 16GB of RAM. And, of course, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Steam Deck Valve is a portable device with built-in controls – whether you prefer touchpads or joysticks, the Steam Deck has them. It has a seven-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 800 (which is an aspect ratio of 16:10). The screen has ambient light sensors to automatically adjust brightness, just like a modern mobile device.
Valve says you'll get between two and eight hours of battery life, depending on what you're doing. It comes with a carrying case for portability too.
Windows 11 on Steam Deck
The Steam Deck Valve will come with a custom version of Linux called SteamOS , but the device is just a computer at its core. That means it will run all types of operating systems, including Windows.
We knew that the Windows 10 would not be a problem for the device, but with the Windows 11 arriving, Microsoft fans and gamers were curious to see if the latest version of the operating system would work.
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Valve and AMD are aware of this and companies are working on it. In an interview with the PC Gamer, Valve Steam Deck designer Greg Coomer said: “There are industries looking at TPM now. We've focused so much on Windows 10 so far that we haven't gotten that far. Our expectation is that we can meet the demand.”
As mentioned, it's not just up to Valve, as AMD manufactures the Steam Deck chip, it must also be involved in the process.
When asked about TPM 2.0 support, Coomer said, “It's also a conversation going on with AMD. To make sure that, at the BIOS level, we can accommodate this. So there's still nothing to indicate that there will be a problem with Windows 11.''
Should you run Windows 11 on Steam Deck?
It doesn't seem like the question is whether or not you can run Windows 11 on a Steam Deck, but whether or not you should. We'll just have to wait and see if the standard SteamOS gaming experience lives up to it. If that's the case, installing Windows can be a waste of time.
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