Valve is aiming to make its Steam Deck handheld gaming PC compatible with Windows 11. Steam Decks can currently run Windows, but it is unclear whether the Steam Deck will be able to support Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) for Windows 11, which is necessary to run Windows 11 on the Steam Deck. It has been confirmed that Valve has put a lot of effort into supporting Windows.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Valve Steam Deck designer Greg Coomer says “there is currently work focused on TPM. It hasn’t been really explored that much because we’ve been so focused on Windows 10. It is our expectation that we will be able to meet it.”
Valve and AMD are working together to make Steam Deck Windows 11 compatible
The Steam Deck is prepared for Windows 11 and, with AMD’s support, TPM can be used at a BIOS level. “There are no indications yet that Windows 11 will encounter any issues,” explains Coomer.
When Windows 11 launches later this year, it should be possible to install it on the Steam Deck. Valve will support both SteamOS, a custom version of Linux, and Windows installations on the handheld device.
Is there a reason why Windows should be on the Steam Deck? Games that come with anti-cheat are not guaranteed to run out of the box on this handheld, and titles like Apex Legends, Destiny 2, PUBG, Fortnite, and Gears 5 may not work without Windows. “We are working with BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat to make Proton compatible before launch,” says Valve.
Proton software allows Steam Deck to run a lot of unofficially supported Windows games, however anti-cheating has been the biggest problem for the software in recent years.
There are no obvious compatibility issues with Windows support, but the interface won’t be well suited to a 7-inch screen, and there are still a lot of unknowns until we see just how smoothly the OS runs on the Steam Deck.