You can run Windows on gaming handhelds, like the Steam Deck, but it’s not really suitable for small-screened devices with unique hardware. However, Microsoft has an employee who wants to solve this problem. An engineer from Reddit named AndrewMT confirmed that a Walking Cat video represents a project which is meant to make Windows 11 compatible and work better on the Steam Deck. The goal with this project was to have smoother drivers plus some tools that help you quickly start and end games regardless of where they come from.
The project came about because we wanted to use a lot of different services that weren’t on Steam, like Xbox Game Pass and GOG. Windows helps with game mods and tricks too. The Verge said this was an ongoing thing but it’s not actually true. We tried to make something for Windows handhelds but nothing good happened. Phil Spencer from Xbox offered help but he was too busy at the time. Maybe if people know more about this, we can try again.
Lots of gaming devices, like the ASUS ROG Ally and ones from Ayaneo and GPD already have Windows on them. But these companies usually change it a bit to make sure its working right. You can try Xbox Cloud Gaming on a Steam Deck, even though it was designed to work with Linux and Steam games.
AndrewMT’s project will encourage companies to make Windows-powered handhelds. This means that they won’t have to spend a lot of time fixing software issues and the games for these devices would run properly. Although Dorothy Feng, from Microsoft, has already created a prototype for this kind of handheld device, other ideas need to be explored in order to turn this into a real product.