Valve shipped its $400 handheld gaming console, the Steam Deck, earlier than all its promised options had been prepared — however one of many greatest is now right here. Now you can set up Home windows 10 on a Steam Deck and truly anticipate it to work as a result of Valve has simply launched the all-important GPU, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers you’ll have to obtain and play video games.
Importantly, you’ll have to wipe a Steam Deck to do that, there’s no dual-boot but, and Valve says you may solely set up Home windows 10 for the reason that Steam Deck’s present BIOS apparently doesn’t embrace firmware TPM assist (which Microsoft infamously requires for Home windows 11).
Oh, and your audio system and headphone jack received’t work as a result of there’s no audio drivers but. Bluetooth or USB-C audio are each choices for now.
You could find Valve’s Home windows on Deck web page proper right here — and the Steam Deck Restoration Directions proper right here in case you screw up or run into one of many Deck’s unlucky bugs. “To get to the boot menu, energy down. Then, whereas holding Quantity Down, click on the ability button,” writes Valve.
I ought to be aware that the Steam Deck isn’t fairly as buggy right this moment because it was through the evaluate course of, and the updates aren’t coming as quick and livid: after launch, Valve created “secure” and “beta” launch channels you may entry proper from the Deck interface. I’ve nonetheless had some crashes and video games that mysteriously stopped working the way in which they did days or perhaps weeks earlier than (taking a look at you, Vampire Survivors), however I’ve additionally performed hours of Elden Ring and Into the Breach with out points.
I’ll be firing up Home windows 10 alone evaluate unit quickly, so keep tuned!