Steam Deck console received partial support for Windows 10

The portable gaming console Steam Deck has received partial support for the Windows 10 operating system. Valve has released the appropriate drivers for its integrated graphics, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless modules.



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Only one operating system can be installed at the moment. While Steam Deck is fully capable of booting with a choice of operating system, the SteamOS installer responsible for this is not yet ready. Now before installing Windows you will have to format the internal memory of the console, getting rid of SteamOS 3.0.

It is also not possible to install Windows 11 on the console, because the current version of the console BIOS does not have built-in software support for the TPM security module. In addition, the company has not yet released sound drivers for Steam Deck on Windows 10. It can only be supported via Bluetooth and USB Type-C connector.

To find the necessary drivers to install Windows 10 on Steam Deck, as well as appropriate instructions for installing and restoring the console can be found on the Steam platform page.

It should be noted that the first reviews of the console talk about a lot of "childish sore spots" and bugs. And with the release of updates, which are distributed as "beta versions" and "stable versions" of the company Valve is in no hurry. For example, journalists portal The Verge noted that some games on the console for unknown reasons stop working, although before they run without any problems.

Steam Deck

Steam Deck currently does not support dual-booting, this feature will come later. Consequently, users will have to replace their existing SteamOS with Windows 10 and vice versa if they want to return.

Steam Deck is a portable PC with x86 architecture and therefore supports the installation of any desktop operating system, although it still requires embedded driver support for full functionality. The device comes preloaded with Valve's SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system that uses the Proton emulator to run Windows games in the Steam store.

While SteamOS for Steam Deck has decent support for games at launch, it still doesn't support every game in the Steam store and doesn't support installing games from other sources, such as the Epic Games Store or Microsoft Store. For some, this is a reason to install Windows.

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