The Steam Deck has always been marketed as a portable gaming PC. Now, it looks like you can turn it into one that runs Windows 10. Valve has announced that Windows drivers are being made available for the handheld.
In a post on Steam, Valve says that the Steam Deck now has drivers for GPU, WiFi and Bluetooth. The company is still working on getting audio drivers from AMD and other parties, but in the meantime, Bluetooth or the USB-C remains an option. But to really turn the handheld into a Windows PC, you’ll have to perform a full Windows 10 install.
For now, that’s the only version that’s supported. Valve says that it is working on a SteamOS installer that supports dual booting, as well as a new BIOS to support Windows 11. Until then, Windows 10 is the only version available if you want to turn the Steam Deck into a Windows PC.
Valve has added a Steam Deck rating to games so you’ll know if a game can be run on the platform. The ability to run Windows 10 on it likely wouldn’t change much on this front, since hardware performance will still be an issue. But by doing so, you’ll probably prevent yourself from seeing the Unsupported or Unknown ratings.