Two and a half months after our Steam Deck review, Valve has finally supplied the drivers you’ll want for audio in the event you select to put in Windows on the gaming transportable. Before right this moment, you’d have needed to pair Bluetooth headphones or plug in USB-C earbuds or a dongle to get any sort of audio on Windows in any respect. Both the audio system and three.5mm jack did nothing on Windows earlier than right this moment, and it blamed AMD for the delay.
But now, this pair of new drivers ought to allow each of the lacking audio options. It took some time for AMD and Valve to deliver out the initial set of graphics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and SD card drivers for Windows, too.
Is it time to put in Windows in your Deck? Nope, I undoubtedly wouldn’t say that. While Valve retains squashing bugs and adding neat features on the Linux facet of issues, Windows was much more of a multitude to begin, and Valve’s been clear you’re largely by yourself in the event you go that path. I had all types of points with Windows 10 some weeks again — and whereas the Deck now has correct TPM help within the BIOS so you possibly can set up Windows 11, I can’t let you know if it’d be any higher.
Personally, I’d anticipate Valve’s upcoming dual-boot wizard so you possibly can add Windows with out wiping the Steam Deck’s current SteamOS set up first. (You can merely swap out the M.2 NVMe drive as a substitute and hold the 2 OS separate that manner, however watch out.)
For me, the larger deal is that Windows merely doesn’t have the identical console-like trappings that make the Deck so good to start with, particularly how you may get an immediate window into your efficiency and battery life and fine-tune all of that on the fly.
If you need Windows, I’d in all probability look into a dedicated Windows portable instead, significantly as soon as rivals react to the Deck with extra highly effective chips and / or decrease costs.