Valve hopes to get its Steam Deck mobile gaming PC ready for Windows 11 by the end of the year. While we’ve known for weeks that the Steam Deck can run Windows, it’s unclear how well Valve will support it or whether a Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) option will be enabled to get Windows 11 on the Steam Deck.
Valve has now acknowledged that it has placed a high priority on Windows support. In an interview with PC Gamer, Greg Coomer, a Valve Steam Deck designer, notes, “There’s work looking at TPM right now.” “We haven’t gotten that far into it because we’ve been so focused on Windows 10 so far. Valve is working with AMD to ensure that TPM is supported at the BIOS level and that the Steam Deck is ready for Windows 11. “So far, nothing has indicated to us that there would be any problems with Windows 11,” Coomer explains.
That sounds promising for the Steam Deck’s ability to install Windows 11 when it debuts later this year. Valve will support Windows installations on the mobile device, which will launch with SteamOS, a special version of Linux.
So, what’s the point of having Windows on the Steam Deck? Valve is still working on enabling anti-cheat games to function on this device out of the box, so titles like Apex Legends, Destiny 2, PUBG, Fortnite, and Gears 5 may not work without Windows. Valve claims, “We’re working with BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat to gain support for Proton before launch.”
The Steam Deck makes use of Valve’s Proton software to run a variety of officially unsupported Windows games, but anti-cheat has been Proton’s main difficulty in recent years. Although Windows support avoids the obvious compatibility difficulties, it does come with an interface that isn’t designed for a 7-inch screen, as well as a lot of unknowns until we see how well the OS performs on the Steam Deck.