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Valve has rolled out a handy FAQ page for the upcoming Steam Deck

By Kenneth Ang - on 23 Sep 2021, 5:45pm

Valve has rolled out a handy FAQ page for the upcoming Steam Deck

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If you're still unsure about whether you'd want to pick up a Steam Deck in December, perhaps this handy FAQ page Valve just published might help to address some of your concerns. Apparently, the company says it has been keeping a close eye on what fans want to know about the device, and thus created the page to answer the most common questions people have posed on social media (or emailed to CEO Gabe Newell, for that matter).

Currently, the page answers twenty of these queries, spanning topics like game compatibility, haptics, anti-cheat support protocols and even offline mode, among numerous others. Just for ease of reference, we've laid out five of them for you here, unless of course you consider the length of the charging cable more important information than say, its retail availability.

  • Can you have multiple accounts on one Steam Deck? 

A: Yes, and each account will retain its own local save data and personal settings.

  • Does docking the Steam Deck enhance performance?

A: No. The device will operate at full capacity regardless of whether it is docked or in portable mode. 

  • Will the device support the use of external GPUs?

A: As much as we might like to hook up an external NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series card to it, the Steam Deck will not feature such compatibility.

  • Will the Steam Deck be available via retail?

A: Currently, no, but this might change as Valve branches out distribution of the device to more regions. At this point in time, the handheld will only be purchasable online via the Steam platform.

  • Will the Steam Deck support multi-boot functionality?

A: Yes. Users can have multiple operating systems installed on a single device, and will be able to select and boot these installed OSes via the BIOS menu. Additionally, you will also be able to boot an OS off a connected microSD card. 

For the full list of questions, feel free to look through the Valve FAQ page linked above, and if you'd like to check out the device's other features, there's also the official product page. In other news, the Steam Deck's charging cable will be 1.5m long, which, in our opinion should be more than enough for most users. 

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