As a handheld PC, Valve marketed the Steam Deck as little more than a portable gaming console, with the device now even supporting Windows 11.
the steam deck Handheld systems have been one of the most intriguing gaming devices of the last few months, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite Valve’s history of unsuccessful attempts at hardware, this latest endeavor proves to be a winner as the device is not only a standard gaming console for the mobile market, but also a fully functional PC. So its developer was keen to push the idea that it can support other operating systems and now a recent beta update adds support for Windows 11.
According to a report from PCGamesN, a new patch for the Steam Deck means users can now use the latest operating system from Microsoft, rather than the pre-installed OS. It’s worth pointing out, however, that anyone installing Windows 11 needs to be aware that it may not be fully optimized yet, so those who own and are interested in a deck might want to be a bit cautious for now. Finally, this isn’t the first case where having an operating system compatible with Valve’s device doesn’t necessarily mean it will work well.
It wasn’t long ago that Windows 10 drivers for the Steam Deck were rolled out, with testing at the time of writing showing there was a noticeable drop in game performance. Some titles like eternal doom however, suffered a significant drop from 34 fps to just 19 fps elden ring didn’t seem to have as many problems as other games. The general gist seems to be that it’s still too early to have either Windows 10 or Windows 11 on the portable computer, but it’s likely that up-to-date drivers will eventually come out that should deal with any performance issues.
Additionally, the Steam Deck’s Linux-based operating system itself has received a few updates focused on improving the keyboard and input calibration features. Given that the system was only released a few weeks ago, it’s understandable that there will be some teething problems early on, especially when implementing a different operating system, but it seems like it’s being tweaked all the time.
As for that steam deck himself, Gabe Newell says the gaming device was inevitable and that this current iteration could represent the first steps into a new era for mobile gaming systems. It may have been a few years before Valve finally released hardware that was both praised and criticized, but it’s entirely possible that the future for mobile PCs could be bright, either for this one or for others who take advantage of it are inspired.
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