Valve's Steam Deck

One of the biggest questions related to the Steam Deck is Windows compatibility. Valve has made it clear that Windows 10 will work, but Windows 11 was a question mark. However, the company is working with AMD to make sure the device will work with Windows 11.

Windows 11 on Steam Deck

Valve’s Steam Deck will ship with a custom version of Linux called SteamOS, but the device is just a computer at its core. That means it’ll run all sorts of different operating systems, including Windows.

We knew Windows 10 wouldn’t be an issue for the device, but with Windows 11 right around the corner, Microsoft fans and gamers were curious whether the latest version of the OS would work.

You’d think that if Windows 10 would run, then Windows 11 would be no issue. However, thanks to Microsoft requiring TPM 2.0 for Windows 11 to run, it’s not so simple.

Valve and AMD are aware of this, and the companies are working on it. In an interview with PC Gamer, Valve Steam Deck designer Greg Coomer said, “There’s work looking at TPM just now. 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.”

As mentioned, it’s not just up to Valve, as AMD makes the Steam Deck’s chip, it also has to be involved in the process.

When asked about TPM 2.0 support, Coomer said, “It’s also a conversation that’s going on with AMD. To make sure that, at the BIOS level, we can accommodate that. So there’s nothing to indicate to us yet that there’ll be any issues with Windows 11.”

Should You Run Windows 11 on Steam Deck?

It doesn’t seem like the question is whether or not you can run Windows 11 on a Steam Deck, but whether or not you should. We’ll have to wait and see if the stock SteamOS gameplay experience is up to snuff. If it is, installing Windows could just be a waste of time.

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