Valve working with AMD to support Windows 11 on Steam Deck

Published: Aug 9th 2021, 11:27 GMT   Comments

Valve Steam Deck should support Windows 11 as well

There is nothing that should prevent Steam Deck from supporting Windows 11, claims Steam Deck’s development team.

Steam Deck is the upcoming next-generation handheld console featuring AMD’s latest Zen2/RDNA2 APU codenamed Van Gogh. First consoles should start shipping to customers by the end of this year. Steam’s approach to open-source platforms means that the Deck will not only support its in-house SteamOS operating system which is based on Arch Linux but also Windows 10. With the recent announcement from Microsoft about its successor, Windows 11, gamers and the media are naturally curious if the Steam Deck will also support this operating system.

Microsoft’s push for a more secure platform means that only SecureBoot/TPM 2.0 supporting devices will be able to run Windows 11 without any tricks. This includes the AMD desktop Ryzen 3000 series, which are based on Zen2 microarchitecture, just as the Van Gogh APU in Steam Deck. However, the support for TPM also requires BIOS support, and that’s something that Valve and AMD are currently evaluating.

“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.”

— Greg Coomer, Valve Steam Deck designer

Should Steam Deck officially support TPM, it would become a truly multi-OS console, possibly with multi-boot functionality. This, in addition to a broad range of game launchers and emulators available for each platform, may create one of the most interesting gaming handhelds for this year.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
VideoCardzSteam DeckOne XPlayerAya Neo 2021Aya Neo 2021 ProNintendo SwitchNintendo Switch OLED
ArchitectureAMD Zen2 & RDNA2Intel Tiger LakeAMD Zen2 (Renoir)AMD Zen2 (Renoir)ARM CortexARM Cortex
SoCAMD Van GoghCore i7-1185G7***
Core i7-1165G7**
Core i7-1135G7*
Ryzen 5 4500URyzen 7 4800UNVIDIA Tegra X1NVIDIA Tegra X1
SoC CPU4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz6C/6T @ 4.0 GHz8C/16T @ 4.2 GHz4x A57 + 4x A534x A57 + 4x A53
SoC GPUAMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 6 @ 1.5 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 1.750 GHzNVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDANVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA
Memory16GB LPDDR5-550016GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-426616GB LPDDR4X-42664GB LPDDR4-32004GB LPDDR4-3200
Storage64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
512GB*, 1TB **, 2TB *** NVMe512 GB / 1TB  NVMe1TB / 2TB NVMe SSD32GB64GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS6.2″ 1280×720
5.5″ 1280×720*
7″ 1280×720 OLED
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0WiFi 5,
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi 5,
Battery40 Whr15,300 mAh12,300 mAh12,300 mAh4310 mAh
Weight669 g820 g650 g650 g400g / 277g*420g
Dimensions29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm25.5 x 10.6 x 2.0 cm23.9 x 10.1 x 1.4 cm
20.8 x 9.1 x 1.4 cm*
24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSSteam OS 3.0 (Arch)Windows  10Windows  10Windows  10CustomCustom
Release Price$399 (64GB)
$529 (256GB)
$649 (512GB)
$1,059 *
$1,158 **
$1,599 ***
$925 (16G/512GB)
$1,015 (16G/1TB)
$1,215 (16G/1TB)
$? (16G/2TB)
Release DateHoliday 2021June/July 2021March 2021TBCMarch 2017
Sep 2019*
Holiday 2021
* Standard Edition
** Pro Edition
*** Ultimate Edition
* Lite

Source: PC Gamer

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