The steam deck packs a lot of power for its size, and when you want to play on something bigger, you can hook it up to a bigger screen. that can be very useful if you’re playing a game where a larger screen is important for viewing text or details, or if you’re on the go and want to share some gaming experiences with a group of friends. it also makes certain things, like working in the linux terminal, much easier when making adjustments.
ready to start? Here’s how to connect your steam rig to a TV or monitor for a true big-screen experience.
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how to connect the steam deck to a bigger screen
We’ll start by going over the hardware you’ll need and then go through the connection process and how to do it safely. With the right equipment, switching to a TV or monitor is a piece of cake!
Step 1: Find a compatible TV or computer monitor. remember, different games will see different results when you go to a big screen. You can expect a drop in frame rate for many AAA games (although they should still be playable), meaning refresh rate isn’t much of a concern. for the best performance results, you’ll also want to keep the resolution around 1080p, so 4k support isn’t much of an issue either.
what does that leave? your screen really needs a hdmi port, that’s all. Most monitors today (some are displayport only, but this is rare) and TVs will have hdmi ports so just make sure there is a free hdmi port to use.
Step 2: Next, you need a USB-C to HDMI adapter. The ideal solution here is a Steam Deck Docking Station, a hub that’s designed to support just these kinds of setups. Unfortunately, the Docking Station hasn’t been released yet, and Valve has announced that it has been delayed with no firm end date in sight, so it’s not really an option at this time. Other docks could work, but we prefer to recommend the official dock straight from the source.
the alternative is to get a usb-c to hdmi adapter. again, due to platform limits, almost any adapter will do the job here. this anker model is an affordable version at $18 that should work. you’ll want to connect the vapor deck’s usb-c port to one end of the adapter and your display’s hdmi cable to the other end.
Step 3: You’ll also want to make sure that your HDMI cable is long enough so you don’t have to sit right next to the display. HDMI cables that are only a few feet long may not be the right pick unless you can keep your Steam Deck close to the display.
step 4: connect the hdmi cable to your display and then to your adapter. connect the adapter’s usb-c cable to your steam rig.
Step 5: If you haven’t already done so, turn on your steam deck and display. wait at least several seconds for the deck to switch to the external display. If it doesn’t seem to work, double check your hdmi port input number and make sure your display is on the correct input. Sometimes unplugging the hdmi cable and plugging it back in will also fix recognition issues.
step 6: keep your steam platform up to date. valve has said that they are working to improve the docking experience with all external displays. you’ll want to take advantage of any software bug fixes or connection updates.
If you want more steam rig tips and tricks, check out our guide on some of the best things you can do with your steam rig.
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