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Valve and AMD Work to Make Smart Deck Compatible with New Windows

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Valve and AMD Work to Make Smart Deck Compatible with New Windows
Valve and developer AMD are working to ensure compatibility of Smart Deck with Windows 11. This was announced by game designer and co-developer of the handheld console, Greg Coomer.

Earlier, at the stage of announcing the device, Valve announced the support of the gadget for the current version of Windows 10. At that time, there was no question of compatibility with the eleventh version of the system, since this requires the presence of a TPM 2.0 module. Now the company has begun to work in this direction, having enlisted the support of the processor manufacturer AMD. Compatibility will be ensured through TPM emulation in UEFI.

The process is still in its infancy, according to Coomer, as the initial focus was on Windows 10. That said, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

The laptop itself will be powered by OS Steam 3.0. ArchLinux became the main one for this system, launching Windows games from the library of the Steam service and optimizing for a portable form factor will become possible thanks to the presence of an additional Proton compatibility layer. Together with the standard shell from Valve, the Steam Deck will have a regular Linux desktop.

In addition, Valve and AMD are jointly developing a Linux driver that aims to increase the performance of the set-top box processor.

With regards to the docking station, Greg Coomer said that it will not bring any performance boost like the Nintendo Switch does. The company considered this idea redundant and decided to focus on portability. The station itself for connecting peripherals will be available for purchase later. Valve will release a release date shortly.

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