Windows drivers are now available for the Steam Deck

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  • Valve just released Windows drivers for its recently launched handheld gaming PC.
  • However, we only have support for Windows 10, not Windows 11, for the time being.
  • The company urger users to install these drivers if they want optimal performance.
  • Windows audio drivers are still in the works, so the sound will be a problem for now.
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It hasn’t been that long since Valve officially launched its very own handheld gaming PC and interested parties flocked to get their hands on one.

The Steam Deck hasn’t been getting that many bad reviews, which means that it’s a trustworthy portable machine when it comes to gaming.

This new device ships with SteamOS 3.0, which is an in-house-built modified Arch Linux distribution.

Valve, however, keeps reminding everyone that their new device is actually a PC and not a locked-down console.

Valve just started rolling out Windows drivers for its newly-released hardware, giving owners another choice when it comes to operating systems.

We officially have Windows 10 support on the Steam Deck

Where should we start? Bluetooth, GPU, and WiFi drivers for Windows are available, and you should definitely install them for optimal performance and stability.

If you’ve been waiting for this and are eager to perform the change, you can check out Valve’s helpful Windows Resources page for extra information.

However, there’s an important thing you need to keep in mind. Only Windows 10 is supported for now, not Windows 11 as well.

Valve did mention that it is preparing a BIOS update that enables fTPM, which is required to install Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Another aspect you would surely like to know is that we’re not yet able to dual-boot with SteamOS and Windows.

Also, Windows audio drivers are still in the works for the handheld, so the speakers and 3.5mm audio port will not provide any audio.

The USB-C and Bluetooth can be used for gaining audio in the meantime on Windows if you were already thinking about an alternate solution.

That being said, Valve won’t be providing additional support for getting Windows running on the Steam Deck.

And if you want to switch back to the original SteamOS 3.0 operating system, you can do so by following the recovery instructions on the official support page.

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