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Windows on Steam Deck: Benchmarks and Impressions

Windows on Steam Deck: Benchmarks and Impressions

One constant through Valve’s introduction of the Steam Deck has been the company’s claim that it is your PC, and you can do what you want with it. While the gaming handheld comes with Valve’s own Linux-based SteamOS installed on it, you can, if you want, install Windows on the Steam Deck.

So we took our Steam Deck review unit, put Windows 10 on it, and gave it a whirl. While there are some definite advantages to the openness that Windows brings, there are also significant drawbacks that you should be aware of. And, in typical Tom’s Hardware fashion, we’ve also re-run our benchmarks to see how gaming on Windows compares to SteamOS (on this hardware, anyway).