Steam Deck has added audio drivers for Windows 10 and 11 in a new update

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Following the original Windows 10 drivers for the device, Valve announcement Steam Deck has added audio drivers for Windows.

Now that Steam Deck has added audio drivers for Windows 10 and 11, anyone looking to run Microsoft’s operating system on the new handheld will get full audio support.

For those unfamiliar with how computer hardware works, a driver is usually what tells the operating system how to use the attached or installed hardware.

Even though Steam Deck has had Windows 10 drivers almost since release, if you wiped it and threw Windows, you’d get no sound – until now. To be clear, you would have needed these drivers for the built-in speakers and the 3.5m headphone jack.

Since we received our Steam Deck and started evaluating it for our next review, I’ve been rocking Valve’s native SteamOS, which is based on Linux, the same operating system they make and with which they imagine the Steam Deck. Maybe now that Steam Deck has added audio drivers for Windows, I’ll see how it works with this one installed.

Many games that aren’t officially ported to Linux can run on the Steam Deck, thanks to Valve’s client-based wrapper that essentially lets you boot Windows-only games in the Linux-based SteamOS. They also confirmed that over 2000 games are already fully compatible with Steam Deck – find that list here.

Valve’s recently launched Steam Deck is available now, and in three flavors: $399 (64GB), $529 (256GB), and $649 (512GB), on the Steam store.

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