Can Steam Deck output 4K?

A Steam Deck owner has managed to successfully attach an ‘external’ graphics card to the handheld so it can output games at 4K and 60fps or more.

YouTuber ETA Prime posted a 10-minute video showing the steps they took to get everything working, pointing out that it’s not a very practical solution and was simply carried out just to see if it’s possible.


For Valve, the Steam Deck is first and foremost a portable console

Behind the technical justification, there is a real philosophy: for Valve, the Steam Deck is first and foremost a portable console. On this point, Greg Coomer says quite frankly: “We want to prioritize the use that will be, for us, the most popular, that is to say the mobile mode (…). We wanted a simple design to focus on. » This implies that the Steam Deck is not originally designed with the dock in mind. As proof, it is not supplied with the console, which means that it will be really necessary to be interested in its services to pay the tens of additional euros necessary for its acquisition. In the case of the Switch, it is included in the price.

This design choice contrasts with that of Nintendo, for whom the dock remains a means of improving – a little – the performance of the Switch in the context of living room use. For example, the claiming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild offers a better definition when the console is connected to a television (900p vs. 720p). One would have expected such treatment with regard to the Steam Deck, but Valve went in another direction by targeting, first, the nomadic game.

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What Is the Steam Deck’s Resolution on TV?

This is where things get a little more interesting. The Steam Deck resolution is 16:10 at 1280 x 800. But when you connect the Steam Deck to a TV, the rules change considerably.

When hooked up to a TV or monitor, the Steam Deck will output to the default resolution of the device. For 4K TVs, that’s normally 3840 x 2160 in at 16:9 aspect ratio. For HD TVs, it’s 1920 x 1080 for 1080p or 1280 x 720 for 720p. Both HD options generally work with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Wrapping Up

And that is all! We believe that the Steam Deck is going to stay a fantastic option for gamers around the globe to enjoy their games on the go. It serves as a testament to say that the Steam Deck has revolutionized handheld gaming, far from the old days of 8-bit games and we hope that all of the information we have laid out for you is satisfactory and that all of your questions have been answered!

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  1. Select the particular game you wish to change the resolution on Steam Deck.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. Select General and navigate to Game resolution.
  4. Click on the drop-down menu and select your preferred resolution.

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