Valve’s recently announced Steam Deck will be able to run Windows, according to a hands-on demo made by IGN. Mobile gaming handhelds run SteamOS by default, but IGN states that users can completely remove that operating system and install Windows if they want.
Users will also be able to use the handheld device like a PC: it can connect to a mouse and keyboard, run web and video browsers, and access other digital game stores such as Origin and Epic Games. Store.
When it comes to testing the new system, IGN reports that it “has more in common with desktop gaming PCs” than the Nintendo Switch, its closest competitor. One of the biggest highlights of the system is that it is extremely open to use, allowing players to connect to their favorite peripherals, visit their favorite stores, and use their favorite operating system.
While IGN reports that SteamOS moves smoothly and quickly when entering games, it seems Valve wants players to have the final say in how they access their software. The compatibility of the Steam Deck with Windows raises other questions, namely whether the handheld will be compatible with Windows 11 when the operating system launches.
Valve’s move towards open hardware is in stark contrast to the Switch, which contains a tightly controlled operating system. Nintendo has always been tight-lipped with its hardware and software, and its latest console is no exception. Anything other than installing games and some small apps through the Nintendo eShop requires users to jailbreak their device.
Whether the Steam Deck will prove to be a true competitor to the Switch remains to be seen, but the song of alarm over its Windows compatibility and full customization is hard to ignore. .