The SteamDeck Awesome – you didn’t need me to tell you that. But with these accessories you can make it much better.
At its core, the Deck is a mini gaming PC. For many, sticking with the stock hardware is enough, but you can greatly expand its usability by purchasing a few flagships to open it up to other gaming cases.
Given this system’s versatility, I’ve divided my recommendations into three categories: play on the go, game at home, and extend usability. I’ll break down what each entails as we go forward!
The Steam Deck is a pretty solid system out of the box, especially if you get the 512GB model. But with a few key accessories, you can really make the most of its potential with three main items: storage expansion, a USB-C hub, and peripherals for use in desktop mode.
1 TB MicroSDXC card
Computer games are huge. For comparison, while Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection At 90GB on the PS5, the PC version goes up to 126GB, and that’s practically double the Steam Deck’s base storage and 20% off the half a terabyte you get on the higher spec.
Simply put, whichever version you have, a microSD card is essential. I personally took over management Amazon Basics 1TB Card, which is regularly discounted here in the UK. Although microSD card support is quite extensive for the Steam Deck, there are two things to watch out for to ensure the best performance:
- A2: It stands for Application Performance Class 2, which improves performance over Class 1 by using better flash storage management techniques such as command ordering and caching.
- U3: This is the speed of the microSD card. For example, U1 is 10MB/s, and U3 is 30MB/s.
- C10: C with 10 inside represents the minimum speed in MB/s, which means at its maximum with unrelenting performance, you’ll get 10MB/s.
You can get larger storage capacities than that, but at much higher prices. I think this medium is the best balance of value, while maximizing speed.
Logitech MX + MX Master 3S
If you’ve read any of my guides on the various ways to tinker with the Steam Deck, whether it’s adding a Custom startup animation on the Steam Deck or by converting Steam Deck in the best emulator in the world You know it always starts with switching to Linux based desktop mode and a word of advice: use your keyboard and mouse.
Yes, you can use cheaper options than the ones I recommended. Just take a look at our website List of the best keyboard and mouse combos You can find other options at lower prices. But I liked it Mechanical-MX And the MX Master 3S For keyboard tactile feel, mouse response and ergonomics.
You can capture a file MX mechanic for 169 euros and the MX Master 3S for 99 euros.
Anker 341 HP
Now I know what you’re going to say. There are many others USB-C hubs And they’re much better, whether they’re adding more ports or giving you a full 4K 60Hz picture through an improved HDMI port.
For me, the main selling point of this monitor is the 1080p 60fps picture. I don’t need more than that for my needs, which are mainly to have a bigger screen to fiddle around with in Linux desktop mode. This monitor does exactly what I need at a great price!
Also, I only need the ports it provides – whether it’s USB-A to connect various accessories like the Thrustmaster T248 for sims racing, or USB-C for my SSD when I want to remove games from the Steam Deck and store them for later use (instead of having to to be re-downloaded).
Furthermore, if you’re using it perhaps to connect to a hotel room TV for gaming, trying to run games at 4K 60fps will be near impossible. You’ll want to aim for 1080p or even 720p. With that in mind, the €35 price tag is more than ideal for what it does, that is Regularly at discount prices too.
play at home
While I’m talking about one of my favorite Steam Deck features being the fact that I can turn it on and play on the couch while my partner takes over the TV with the 100th hour of Gilmore Girls, you can use it like a Nintendo Switch and dock it home console style. The user interface is great for use on a large screen and most games work very well with these larger requirements.
But to do this we need a dock (powered by the plug that came with the Steam Deck) and a console.
JSAUX docking station
The official Steam Deck is quite expensive for what you get. Sure, there’s first-party support, but Valve is committed to offering the same TV experience through third-party options as well.
to me 49 euros from AmazonJSAUX offers a more durable docking station, made of aluminum and offering full 4K capabilities at 60fps with HDMI 2.0. Along with that, you get three USB-A 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet.
And it looks unmistakably great next to a TV or monitor. What more could you ask for?
Xbox Core Wireless Controller
For the console, you can still use the cable and save some money, thanks to the USB ports on the back of the dock, but it can make your desk or living room a little messy.
To fix that, I’ll always go wireless and when it comes to the best value, the Xbox Wireless Controller offers an ergonomic shape and tactile buttons for comfortable gaming sessions for extended periods.
Don’t get me wrong — the PS5’s DualSense controller is great to use, but it’s priced at a premium, and haptic feedback in games is more widely supported than the DualSense’s advanced touch technology, which means it’s kind of useless.
Whatever you’re using, the visible button prompts you to change the Steam UI to match the board you’re using, and to 49 euros now from AmazonIt’s a great value option.
Play on the go
The name is a dead giveaway for what I’m talking about here. This is a handheld game console after all, but there are a few things you can buy to really unlock its potential.
Quick warning: if you’re going to be away from the internet for a while, perhaps playing on a long train ride, make sure you have it Configure offline mode correctly.
1 more quad driver earbuds
Yes, the Steam Deck has Bluetooth and you can connect a pair of the best wireless headphones to it, but latency spoils the experience in my opinion. Fortunately, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack to combat that, which means I can fire up the best wired headphones I’ve ever used.
The 1 more quad driver wired headphones Do what they say on the box – each bud contains three well-balanced drivers and a diamond-like carbon dynamic driver, all tuned by Grammy Award-winning audio engineer Luca Bignardi, for incredible detail at every level.
Not only are they great for delivering impressive definition to songs, they also provide a great gaming experience (enhanced by THX audio certification and Hi-Res for the buds). In addition, the 45-degree design provides a secure fit and impressive passive noise cancellation.
For on-the-go use with the Steam Deck, the Kevlar center cords are extremely durable and tangle-resistant, and the leather case with magnetic latch fits snugly against the back of the Steam Deck.
Anker Nano II 713 charger
Yes, the Steam Deck comes with its own charging brick and cable, and it would be a cost saving exercise to use that. But let’s ask the question here: is this the best option?
The brick is quite large and the fixed cable limits this charger’s use to anything with a USB-C plug. Meanwhile, the Anker Nano II 713 delivers the requisite 45W output, and the fact that you can disable the cable means you can use it to charge any gadget with other proprietary connectors, like Lightning or an Apple Watch disc.
It is infinitely more practical when traveling and 39 euros from Amazon This is a robbery!
This model is a bit vague in recommending a specific model, as there are quite a few to choose from. Total Laptop spare batteries It supports the 45 watts of power required to effectively charge the Steam Deck, but let me extract a few details from the list.
Currently I am using a file Intelli Scout Pro, which does it all – MagSafe wireless charging on top and 100W power delivery over USB-C. This makes it infinitely more useful after you load Steam Deck.
I really enjoy testing the Chargeek Storm 2. I like that it has more capacity than the ScoutPro, and the variety of ports makes it very versatile. The transparent design is really cool, but if you go through airport customs with it on, be prepared to answer a lot of questions! Some people may mistake it for an explosive.