The Steam Deck, Valve’s new portable console, runs on a homemade OS: Steam OS. However, the manufacturer indicates that it will be possible to install third-party operating systems, such as Windows 10. Enough to increase its possibilities.
The announcement of the Steam Deck surprised everyone. Portable terminal capable of running all Steam games, it has its own OS: a revised and corrected version of Steam OS. But if you want to install Windows 10 on it, you will be able, even if the machine is not designed for.
In fact, Valve has specified the nature of its product in its FAQ and its description is very clear:
The Steam Deck is a PC, so you can install third-party software and other operating systems.
The SteamDeck, the console with the biggest game library
The terminal is therefore not locked and you can very well install Windows 10 on it. The interest is not to transform your Steam Deck into a laptop, but to enjoy a larger library of games. With Windows 10, you will be able to run all Steam games, but also those from the Epic Games Store and even those from the Xbox application. xCloud can even be launched, like World of Warcraft via BattleNet. What greatly expand the possibilities. Good news for hackers and for those who now feel too cramped on Steam. Note that the console is not designed for Windows 10, the experience may not be perfect.
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We are talking about Windows 10 here, because Windows 11 cannot be installed on it anyway. Indeed, Microsoft’s new OS requires a minimum 9-inch screen, which is not the case here (the screen is 7 inches). We bet that hackers will find a roundabout way to get there.
As a reminder, the Steam Deck has a custom APU designed by AMD which is very similar to those found on the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. It is therefore capable of running very large games. It will be available in December at a starting price set at 419 euros. Pre-orders will open today at 7 p.m.