With the Steam Deck OS beta patch and a new BIOS, which provides the necessary Trusted Firmware Platform Module (fTPM) support, Valve now makes it possible to install Windows 11 on a portable game console for the first time. times. However, the necessary drivers are already available.
BIOS update installs Windows 11
After Valve has already released drivers for Windows 10 on Steam Deck, which are also suitable for Windows 11, the installation of the new OS has so far failed due to an improper BIOS with fTPM support. The now released Steam Deck OS beta patch closes this gap and allows Windows 11 to be installed on laptops for the first time, as confirmed by the official Steam Community release notes.
In addition to updating the BIOS for Windows 11, the developers also worked on the stability of the game console under SteamOS 3.0, battery life and USB-C port compatibility, which should now support supports multiple docking stations and power supplies.
- Added messages when connecting a charger that does not meet the minimum bar
- Added unlimited frame rate setting in Quick Access > Performance menu
- fTPM support added, allowing to install Windows 11
- Added button combination: press and hold “…” + “Volume Down” to reset PD nodes in cases where Steam Deck is stuck due to an incompatible Type-C device.
- Updated power LED to dim a few seconds after power events for a better experience in dark environments
- Improved compatibility with a number of Type-C docking stations and power supplies
- Improved battery life in idle or very low usage scenarios
- improved stability
- Fixed issues where the touchscreen would not work after certain shoes
- Stable compatibility with some SD cards, especially when used as bootable devices.
- ACPI bug fixed in kernel
Steam Deck OS Beta Patch Patch Notes
Additionally, there are mandatory optimizations and bug fixes, which also fix ACPI errors and compatibility issues with various SD memory cards.
Graphics, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers
The following Windows drivers for the graphics unit of a custom Zen 2 RDNA 2 APU, also known as Van Gogh chipset, WLAN and Bluetooth, can be downloaded from the Windows resources provided by Valve.
- wifi driver can reach
- bluetooth driver can reach
- graphics card driver can reach
- sound driver I still work with AMD and other companies. This document will be updated when these drivers become available.
- Until then, the audio output does not work either through the speakers or through the 3.5mm audio jack.
- In the meantime, you can use audio via Bluetooth or USB-C.
There is no official support from Valve
Valve again explicitly states that the company is involved in providing Windows resources, but cannot provide any official support. “Unfortunately we are unable to offer Windows support on Steam Deck‘ explains the developer.
It had already been announced in August last year that Valve and AMD were working on Windows 11 support on Steam Deck. Now that Windows 10 is officially supported, Windows 11 support is still listed as Beta.
There is no dual boot on Steam Deck at the moment
Currently, Steam Deck has no dual-boot capability and can only handle full OS installation. But it should be less because of the Steam Deck itself and more because of the SteamOS 3.0 installation routine, which will only be available with one of the next releases.Provides dual boot wizard‘ Vanne said.
Although Steam Deck is fully dual-boot, the SteamOS installer, which will provide the dual-boot wizard, is not complete at this time.
For users looking to downgrade to SteamOS 3.0 from Windows 10 or Windows 11, Valve has instructions for getting your laptop ready.
ComputerBase Forum Field Reports
Meanwhile, community reports are already providing the first player tests for Steam Deck. More on this in the “Steam Deck Experience Reports” article of the ComputerBase forum console discussion.