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Opinion Game Dev Hardware Valve is working with AMD to ensure Steam Deck is chill with Windows 11

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Valve has told us there is nothing it's seen in the development of the Steam Deck that suggests it won't be compatible with Windows 11 at launch.

That might seem like a given, seeing as it's already spoken about the current generation of Windows OS being functional on Valve's upcoming handheld gaming PC, but there have been a host of potential compatibility issues cropping up since Microsoft announced the next-gen version of Windows.

Most significantly the confusion around what version of the Trusted Compatibility Module (TPM) is necessary to get Windows 11 installed on your machine. Microsoft's initial health check tool suggested a great many of our PCs weren't compatible, and it led to a rush on third-party TPM boards.

"There's work looking at TPM just now," Valve Steam Deck designer, Greg Coomer, tells us. "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."

But it's not just down to Valve as the makers of the new handheld hardware, it's also something it has been talking about with AMD itself. As the creators of the custom silicon at the heart of the Steam Deck—the Zen 2/RDNA 2 APU—the red team is there to ensure that, at the fundamental level, the new tech is ready for Windows 11.

"It's also a conversation that's going on with AMD," Coomer explains, "to make sure that, at the BIOS level, we can accommodate that. So there's nothing to indicate to us yet that there'll be any issues with Windows 11."
 

kingfey

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Valve to windows 11
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Nope. Pretty sure that requirement means the OEMs can't ship Win 11 on devices with screens smaller than that.

720p may be a literal minimum supported output resolution on a technical level, but the deck passes this at 1280 x 800.
 
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Zannegan

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Windows 11 requires at least a 9" screen. Steam deck has a 7"
I honestly thought you were joking at first. What an odd limit to put in as niche/weird hardware--from stick PCs, to pocketable laptops, to handheld gaming PCs--seem to be gaining traction, or, at least becoming more common.

Any idea why they'd put that restriction in? Text readability concerns?
 
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You will be able go use android apps and run android games, you can use windows apps too in touch mode. And use emulators on the go. So the amount of games you can play is huge.
 
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Nope. Pretty sure that requirement means the OEMs can't ship Win 11 on devices with screens smaller than that.

720p may be a literal minimum supported output resolution on a technical level, but the deck passes this at 1280 x 800.
800x600 is showing to me here as option...
 

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800x600 is showing to me here as option...
OEM build? I think it's just Microsoft trying to set some fuzzy limits to the hardware that OEM sells but they will on the OS support 800x600. This might stop OEM from marketing windows 11 for those sku's that doesn't support the min hardware requirements.
 
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OEM build? I think it's just Microsoft trying to set some fuzzy limits to the hardware that OEM sells but they will on the OS support 800x600. This might stop OEM from marketing windows 11 for those sku's that doesn't support the min hardware requirements.
No.