Steam Deck Windows 11 Performance: How Good is it?

The new AMD powered gaming device

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  • The Steam D launched this year and has become a favorite among gamers.
  • Valve has lived up to its promise and has delivered a Windows 11-compatible device. 
  • In addition, the partnership with AMD has reportedly delivered impressive results.

A lot of users want to know about Steam deck Windows 11 compatibility. Well, let us give you all the info you need.

Since Valve first announced this new gadget, they said it would be a powerful PC capable of running almost everything a regular PC can.

The jury is out on the new gaming device, and post Steam Deck release, we can verify if it has lived up to the hype.

If you are interested in purchasing Steam Deck but wondering if Windows 11 runs smoothly on it, you should read on to find out.

What OS does Steam Deck use?

This device is powered by SteamOS, Linux’s Arch-based distribution with built-in Proton support. 

If you are wondering, Proton is a compatibility layer whose primary role is to enable Windows games to run on Steam Deck.

You may use it to set up and play Windows games that don’t have native Linux counterparts. The creation of Proton involves collaboration between CodeWeavers and Valve developers.

Proton provides a customized version of Wine and a selection of fast graphics libraries. As a result, there are no performance downsides when using Proton to run Windows games on Linux. Instead, Proton enables you to play several well-known games at decent framerates.

Does Steam Deck support Windows 11?

Valve was reportedly working with another company that knows operating systems and hardware to ensure that the upcoming gadget is ready for any challenge.

Since the most critical factor determining a new device’s capability is whether it is Windows 11 compatible, Steam Deck is not an exception.

And after working on the Trusted Compatibility Module (TPM) and with AMD to ensure Windows 11 compatibility, Valve is confident it has built a flawlessly Windows 11 compatible system.

Steam Deck Windows 11 TPM collaboration was essential because no device can support the new OS with TPM 2.0, and yes, you already guessed it, AMD was chosen because Steam Deck will run on the giant’s processors.

Before release, the was the official statement from Valve:

We’ve focused so much on Windows 10, so far, that we haven’t really gotten that far into it. Our expectation is that we can meet that. It’s also a conversation that’s going on with AMD to make sure that, at the BIOS level, we can accommodate that,” he added. “So there’s nothing to indicate to us yet that there’ll be any issues with Windows 11.

Well, the jury is out, and are there any issues with Windows 11? Not at all.

As the creators of the custom silicon at the heart of the Steam Deck, the Zen 2/RDNA 2 APU, the AMD team has ensured that, at the fundamental level, the new tech is ready for Windows 11. 

How do I install Steam Deck on Windows 11?

  1. Download the installation media for Windows 11 on a PC by clicking the Download Now button.
    steam deck windows 11 compatibility
  2. Run the tool and select a USB flash drive when asked which media you want to use.
    steam deck windows 11 compatibility
  3. Connect the USB flash drive to your Steam Deck.
  4. Power on Steam Deck, hold the volume down button and select USB drive as the boot option.
  5. After selecting your Language, choose install, then follow the prompts.

You will also need to install Steam Deck Windows 11 drivers to make the best of its Windows compatibility.

So if you didn’t want to buy a Surface laptop or a tablet and are looking more for a different, unique device, you could look into acquiring a Steam Deck for gaming and for running the new OS. The Steam Deck Windows 11 compatibility is flawless.

Have you decided to get your Steam Deck for running the upcoming operating system? Let us know in the comments section below.

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