The Steam Deck lastly has Home windows audio drivers
Two and a half months after our Steam Deck evaluation, Valve has lastly supplied the drivers you’ll want for audio if you happen to select to put in Home windows on the gaming moveable. Earlier than right now, you’d have needed to pair Bluetooth headphones or plug in USB-C earbuds or a dongle to get any sort of audio on Home windows in any respect. Each the audio system and three.5mm jack did nothing on Home windows earlier than right now, and it blamed AMD for the delay.
However now, this pair of latest drivers ought to allow each of the lacking audio options. It took some time for AMD and Valve to carry out the preliminary set of graphics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and SD card drivers for Home windows, too.
Is it time to put in Home windows in your Deck? Nope, I undoubtedly wouldn’t say that. Whereas Valve retains squashing bugs and including neat options on the Linux aspect of issues, Home windows was much more of a large number to start out, and Valve’s been clear you’re largely by yourself if you happen to go that path. I had all types of points with Home windows 10 some weeks again — and whereas the Deck now has correct TPM help within the BIOS so you’ll be able to set up Home windows 11, I can’t inform you if it’d be any higher.
Personally, I’d await Valve’s upcoming dual-boot wizard so you’ll be able to add Home windows with out wiping the Steam Deck’s current SteamOS set up first. (You possibly can merely swap out the M.2 NVMe drive as an alternative and hold the 2 OS separate that means, however watch out.)
For me, the larger deal is that Home windows merely doesn’t have the identical console-like trappings that make the Deck so good to start with, notably how you may get an on the spot window into your efficiency and battery life and fine-tune all of that on the fly.
If you’d like Home windows, I’d most likely look into a devoted Home windows moveable as an alternative, notably as soon as rivals react to the Deck with extra highly effective chips and / or decrease costs.