Valve has finally released audio drivers for Windows installations on the Steam Deck. Until now, the only way to extract sound from a console running Windows was to use USB-C or Bluetooth because neither the speakers nor the 3.5mm audio jack worked.

Valve released an initial set of Windows drivers for the Steam Deck handheld in early March. However, these drivers lacked firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) support, which limited installations to Windows 10 only. Valve was also waiting for AMD to prepare the audio drivers. Support for Windows 11 would arrive later that month.

It is technically possible to dual boot SteamOS and Windows, but Valve has yet to release a dual boot wizard to enable this feature. For now, you will need to erase your Steam Deck in order to install Windows or maintain two separate storage drives (NVMe models) and swap them if necessary.

The Steam Deck is arguably the most sought after product in gaming. The portable gaming system was announced last summer, but missed its scheduled December 2021 launch date by two months.

Pricing starts at $399 for a model with 64GB eMMC storage direct from Valve, but new order availability is currently October 2022 or later. Many have turned to third-party marketplaces like eBay to score a system sooner where you’ll pay a significant premium over retail.

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