The Best Steam Deck Accessories for Your New Handheld – TouchArcade – Touch Arcade
When we first started covering Nintendo Switch news and games a while ago, it fit nicely within our focus and evolved into our daily SwitchArcade Round-Up. With Valve’s Steam Deck, we aren’t going to push it as much so quickly, but we are keeping an eye on things to see how it evolves across games and Valve’s software. Our aim is to bring you great coverage around it if you’re a new Steam Deck owner or someone interested in getting one in the future. If you missed our review on the hardware, Jared reviewed it back in February.
One of the good things about the Steam Deck is that it ships with a fantastic case that will be perfectly fine for most people, but both new and old (you know what I mean) Steam Deck owners can expand the experience and improve various aspects of it with a few accessories. You get everything you need with your purchase, but the items below will make things better. Some of these I consider essential, while others are optional, but nice to have.
What SD card to buy for Steam Deck
Even if you have a 256GB Steam Deck, chances are you will want more storage considering how most AAA games are approaching well above 60-70GB these days if not even hitting 100GB. It is very convenient to be able to swap in and out micro SD cards on Steam Deck or just use a single large capacity one. SanDisk’s SD cards are great for both Switch and Steam Deck, and while you can buy lower capacity ones, I’d recommend grabbing the 512GB or 1TB ones if you don’t plan on using more than one. If you are ok swapping between SD cards, you can get the 256GB and 128GB ones. A lot of AAA PC games are huge, so 256GB should really be the minimum.
The best Steam Deck case to use
The Steam Deck ships with an excellent case, but only the 512GB Steam Deck case has as extra pouch and a cleaning cloth. The case itself is great, but if you’ve run into problems with the zippers or want a spare case, the JSAUX carrying case is very good for the Steam Deck and a few accessories.
Steam Deck and USB Hubs
While some people have run into issues with USB hubs on the Steam Deck, Valve’s newer updates have worked at improving compatibility with Type-C docks. When you’re looking at a USB Type-C hub, you should get one with support for regular USB slots, power, and maybe ethernet or HDMI. The best hubs I’ve used so far in general are from Anker. Check out this one for Steam Deck to add various useful ports to your Deck.
Best Steam Deck controller to buy – PS5 or Xbox
While most people will likely not need to use an external controller, it will help if you use your Steam Deck in tabletop mode or connect it to an external display. You can buy a variety of controllers since the Steam Deck is a PC with bluetooth support, but you’re better off getting a standard PS5 or Xbox controller depending on your preference. You can also get one of the excellent 8BitDo controllers here. For the PS5 …….