The public anxiously awaits the arrival of the Steam deck, after its auspicious presentation last July. The portable console is one of the most anticipated launches of 2021, and more details about its use and operation have now been known. Valve incorporated a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on the gadget’s website, and used it to answer the main inquiries from the public. Thus, he made official some of the assumptions that emerged in recent months, and also a handful of new data.
As you know, the Steam Deck is basically a computer. This opens up a very wide range of possibilities, not only due to the capacity of the hardware itself, but also the software. The console runs SteamOS, but users can install other operating systems. So far, nothing new. What Valve has confirmed is support for multi-boot; this means that you can choose which OS to use when you turn on the computer. But that’s not all, since also supports booting from a microSD card. Gamers are sure to have a lot to experiment with in BIOS.
Another interesting fact that the creators of the Steam Deck have made official is that the console can be used as a controller to play from a computer. For this you only have to connect to the PC through Remote Play. Taking into account the variety of buttons, triggers, sticks and trackpads that it includes, it is logical that this possibility is offered, which will surely be to the liking of many gamers.
What about the support for virtual reality headsets? The Steam Deck is known to be compatible with all kinds of third-party peripherals, including flight simulator controllers. But in the specific case of VR headsets, Valve mentioned that the console is technically compatible with those that were developed for PC, but that “has not been optimized for experiences of virtual reality”.
The Steam Deck comes with endless options for users
It is clear that the public will continue to discover features and capabilities of the Steam Deck over the days of use. Anyway, the creators of the console made clear a couple of specific data before it reaches the hands of buyers. On the one hand, will not support the use of an external GPU; and on the other, there will be no performance differences when connected to the Dock to play on a television, compared to portable use.
The Steam Deck began to be tested by video game developers in recent days. The first impressions of the device have been very positive, with many studies noting the good performance “from the ground up” for many of its games. This means that should only include minor adaptations, which in many cases are more related to the use of the console controls than to a performance issue.