Last month, Valve released an update to SteamOS, bringing official Windows 11 support to Steam Deck. Still, Windows on the handheld game console from Valve was abysmal, with some key components missing, such as audio drivers. Yesterday, Valve finally fixed the issue, and the official Windows audio driver on Steam Deck is now available to owners.
The release of Steam Deck’s official audio drivers means those players who have them installed on their consoles can now use the built-in speakers and audio jack. Previously, the only audio output for Windows on Steam Deck was Bluetooth.
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While Steam Deck now has all the drivers needed to run Windows 11 and 10 like any computer, it’s still not perfect, let alone easy to use, when it comes to replacing SteamOS. Steam Deck does not officially support dual-booting, so you will need to erase all contents of storage before installing Windows. That’s something Valve is working on, too, with the company promising to make it optional for dual-booting with a future SteamOS 3 release.
Not every Steam Deck user cares about replacing SteamOS with Windows, so Valve is naturally more interested in improving its own SteamOS. Players can download the latest Windows drivers for Steam Deck from the official Steam Support site: