Valve has told us that nothing is seen in the development of Steam Deck that suggests it will not be compatible with Windows 11 at launch.
It might seem like a fact, as there is already talk that the current generation of Windows operating system is functional on Valve's next handheld PC, but there have been a number of possible compatibility issues since Microsoft announced the Windows version of new generation. .
The most significant is the confusion around which version of the The Trusted Compatibility (TPM) module is required to install Windows 11 on your computer. Microsoft's initial health check tool suggested that many of our computers were unsupported and caused a rush to third-party TPM boards.
“Now there’s work looking at TPM,” Valve Steam Deck designer Greg Coomer tells us. "We've focused so much on Windows 10, so far, that we haven't really gotten that far. Our expectation is that we can meet that."
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But not only does it depend on Valve as creators of the new handheld hardware, but it has also been talking to AMD itself. As creators of custom silicon at the heart of Steam Deck (the Zen APU 2 / RDNA 2), the red team is there to make sure that, fundamentally, the new technology is ready for Windows 11.
"It's also a conversation that's going on with AMD," Coomer explains, "to make sure we can adapt it at the BIOS level. So there's still nothing to tell us that there will be issues with Windows 11. . "
This is good news for anyone who wants to replace SteamOS 3.0 with Microsoft's new operating system. But from what we’ve seen and from what Valve itself says, I’m personally not convinced it’s a route I would be willing to follow.
If Valve is capable of crushing its target "for every game to work when we ship Steam Deck" through their work on the Proton / Steam Play compatibility layer, I will stick with SteamOS.
In our hands-on time with Steam Deck itself, we were very impressed with the look and feel of the new SteamOS 3.0 UI on the handheld. It's a console-like experience that will cost you to emulate on a Windows 11 system.
Valve may create a Little Picture mode, specifically for handhelds that also works outside of SteamOS 3.0, but for now the native Linux operating system included with the Deck looks set to give PC gamers the optimal handheld experience. .