AMD’s Adrenalin Software Seems to Work on Steam Deck


twitter user @TheSmcelrea recently uploaded screenshots of AMD’s Adrenalin software mysteriously working on Valve’s Steam Deck. Based on the images, we can see that the Adrenalin software appears fully functional in Windows 10, allowing access to some exclusive AMD features such as Radeon Chill and Anti-Lag.

Valve’s Windows-based Radeon drivers do not implement AMD’s Adrenalin control panel. Some of AMD’s gaming laptops also omit software, including my own personal Dell G5 SE.

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Unfortunately, the Twitter user did not reveal how he was able to install the Adrenalin control panel on the Steam Deck. But, there is one of two potential ways we know of to bring Adrenalin Pilots to the Steam Deck.

The first is the easiest and safest way, and that is to manually install Adrenalin from the Microsoft Store (opens in a new tab) directly. However, it’s almost always hidden from the Store’s search engine, so you’ll have to scour the web for a direct link to download it (the one above is from Windows Central).

The other is to completely erase the OEM graphics driver from the Steam Deck and replace it with one of AMD’s vanilla drivers from their own website. This will give you access to AMD’s Adrenalin control panel.

However, this method is subject to potential problems. The vanilla drivers only support the main GPU itself and won’t support any custom parts or features that Valve may have added to the Steam Deck – like an additional skin temperature sensor, for example. So you may get Adrenaline’s assistance, but you may also see goofy behavior.

Another issue may be system instability since the Adrenalin drivers were not specifically designed for the Deck. Sometimes devices require additional driver work from the manufacturer to ensure that the device remains fully functional. If this is the case with the Steam Deck, there is a possibility of instability occurring when installing the drivers directly from AMD’s website.

So if you want to replicate Smcelrea’s work, we advise you to try the Microsoft Store method first, but you’ll have to be careful if you do it at all. Hopefully Valve will add the Adrenalin control panel to their OEM driver in the future.


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