Saturday, October 23, 2021
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Valve’s Steam Deck Will Let You Dual Boot Windows


Valve's Steam Deck
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As we rapidly approach the release of the Steam Deck, we are getting a steady drip-feed of new information about Valve’s portable gaming PC. Now, in a new FAQ, Valve said you can dual boot to Windows, making it easier to get the full Windows experience on the go.

On Valve’s new FAQ, the company addressed BIOS and dual booting on the Steam Deck. The company said, “Multi-boot is supported – you can have multiple OSes installed and choose which one to boot into. Users will have access to the BIOS menu.”

Not only can you dual boot Windows, but Valve says that you can launch an operating system from an SD card, which will save valuable space, especially if you choose to go with the cheaper Steam Deck with less storage.

This is good news for anyone who preordered a Steam Deck, as it serves as a friendly reminder that the device is just a portable computer and not as limited as traditional game consoles. Even if you don’t want to be in the Steam system, Valve confirmed that you can run non-Steam games through Proton.

RELATED: How to Use Steam’s “Proton” to Play Windows Games on Linux

Outside of booting, the FAQ also confirmed that the dock for the Steam Deck won’t add any performance to the device. Instead, valve said, “docking is more akin to plugging a USB-C hub into a PC. Steam Deck runs at full performance in portable mode.”

Overall, this is some good information about the Steam Deck, and it has us even more excited to get our hands on one when it comes out at the end of 2021.

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