Valve’s Steam Deck is a versatile machine. Although it passes itself off as a handheld, it really is a PC with plenty of flexibility when it comes to customization and accessories. With this flexibility comes the ability to expand storage, add headphones, and more.
The best Steam Deck accessories are the ones you can plug in and use right off the bat with minimal setup. This means researching suitable device connections and suitable storage options is a must. Since the official Steam Deck Dock was not available at launch and is still far down the pipeline, USB-C docks are an ideal replacement that can offer greater functionality. We’ll cover the full range of Steam Deck accessories, giving you plenty of options to check out if you need a Steam Deck refresh.
The top model of the Steam Deck comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD. While that sounds decent on paper, there are iPhones with that much storage that run smaller, less demanding apps. Expanding your Steam Deck storage space is a good idea if you plan to make the laptop your daily driver when it comes to gaming. It’s easy to do thanks to the microSD slot on the Steam Deck.
When looking at microSD options, you’ll really have to decide whether to go with size, price, or storage speed. The Steam Deck supports UHS-I (ultra high speed) SD, SDXC, and SDHCA cards, so you have a wide variety to choose from. Along with this decision, you will also need to choose a brand. Some household names you might recognize include SanDisk, Lexar, and Samsung.
Here are three of the best microSD options for Steam Deck.
For those concerned with speed and storage capacity, this terabyte microSD card from SanDisk should do the trick. It’s the most expensive of the trio, but you get what you pay for here, with read and write speeds of 160MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively, as well as a whole terabyte of storage for a heavier Steam library.
If you’re just looking to double the storage of the high-end Steam Deck model, this will do the trick. Like other SanDisk cards, this microSD card offers solid speeds but reduces storage size and price. If you can catch it on sale, it’s been around $60 lately.
For those looking for just a little more extra storage without breaking the bank, the SAMSUNG EVO Select microSD is a solid choice. With transfer speeds about the same as the SanDisk Ultra 512GB above, this microSD card offers decent value for those without the largest Steam library.
Choosing a headset for gaming is largely subjective. There are some basic criteria for gaming, especially competitive gaming, but the rest more or less depends on what you need a headset for. In the case of the Steam Deck, the only USB port users get is through a USB-C. Although the Steam Deck also has a 3.5mm headphone jack, it’s not exactly the most convenient option if you’re gaming on the go or even just lounging around the couch.
There’s always the option of using a USB-C dock to use a USB-A headset, but for those looking to do it all on the Steam Deck and don’t want to add any extra bulk, a USB-C wireless headphones are the way to go. It narrows the field a bit, though.
Check out three of the best headsets for Steam Deck.
SteelSeries ski goggle headbands are among the most comfortable. Those soft fabric ear cushions also go a long way to making them ideal for long gaming sessions. But the main feature here is the USB-C wireless connection which comes in handy when all you need is to put on a pair of headphones. and sink into a couch or commute without the hassle of cables. The design pairs well with the Steam Deck as well.
Although not as comfortable as the Arctis 7+ due to the lack of a ski goggle headband, the Arctis 1 is a solid beginner helmet that still offers entry and exit performance. output thanks to the use of the same drivers found in the Arctis 7. A big win here is the detachable ClearCast microphone which can be removed for commuting or solo sessions.
If you don’t mind cables or USB-C docking stations, the Logitech G Pro X is still a strong contender. This headset allows users to take advantage of a USB DAC and Blue VOICE technology as well as standard 3.5 millimeter connectors.
Luckily for gamers of all types, the Steam Deck shares the same controller compatibility as Steam on PC. This means the Steam Deck can take advantage of all sorts of controllers. The only catch here is that it won’t be able to use advanced features like those found on the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller. Other than that, Steam Deck users have the choice of litter.
Here are three top picks for controllers on Steam Deck.
USB-C Docking Stations
A USB-C can be invaluable for those who demand a bit more versatility from their Steam Decks. Available in a variety of configurations, these docking stations can offer connection types ranging from HDMI ports to microSD and Ethernet ports. Which one you choose is entirely up to your discretion, as use cases vary from person to person. If you see yourself connecting to an external monitor, then one with an HDMI port is a safe bet. For those who can get by with just a few extra USB-A ports, the cost will come down significantly.
Let’s look at three different USB-C docking station options for Steam Deck.
This dock from Anker is for those looking for a wide range of features. It includes two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, an SD card reader and an HDMI port. While the variety of ports might be overkill for those who don’t need them, the price is absolutely right.
For those who need something simpler, this docking station is quite simple and only features four USB-A docking stations. This is ideal for connecting multiple peripherals like a headset, keyboard, mouse, or gamepad. No flash or frills, just a few extra connections to get the most out of your Steam Deck.
Taking your Steam Deck on the go is an inevitability that comes with inherent risks. Scratches, dings, and scuffs are all part of portable gaming territory. This is where screen and trackpad protectors come in handy. Investing in a few screen protectors could save you future headaches. While this is admittedly aimed at the more cautious of the Steam Deck crowd, it’s worth considering if you’re considering making the Steam Deck your daily driver.
Here is an overview of some types of protectors for Steam Deck.
These ivoler protectors come with an easy installation guide that can help avoid common confusions that occur when applying the screen protector. Considering the display size of the Steam Deck, the toolkit is a welcome addition. It won’t be too noticeable either since the protectors are only about 0.3 millimeters thick. These come in a pack of three.
Although the Steam Deck’s trackpads don’t seem to need immediate protection, they can still benefit from a little extra security. Along with the thin layer of protection, these come in multiple colors to help you customize the look of your device if you wish.
While Valve has really focused on creating a streamlined portable experience, it is possible to connect the Steam Deck to an external monitor or TV. If you go this route, a keyboard and mouse may be an ideal option. But those who go for the couch approach will want to stick with a controller for convenience. If you’re snagging a USB-C dock, you have plenty of options when it comes to keyboard and mouse setup, but the compactness is more complementary to the Steam Deck’s intended use case.
If you need a mouse for Steam Deck, one of these three might do the trick.
The Orochi V2 was designed to be mobile. It’s a small but comfortable mouse that can go anywhere thanks to its small size. It doesn’t offer the high-end performance of other Razer mice, but it gets the job done in a pinch. As a bonus, the Orochi V2 is a lightweight mouse at around 60 grams, which makes it easy to carry around.
Another inexpensive option, the G302 offers Logitech G’s Lightspeed wireless technology and a comfortable shape for palm and claw users without being too large. Logitech G also syncs the battery to 250 hours, which is great for overnight stays and weekends.
Logitech’s proven G Pro Wireless is a staple in the esports industry. While competitive play isn’t exactly viable on the Steam Deck, at least in the few months since launch, the G Pro Wireless is still a solid choice for several reasons. It translates well between a PC rig for more intensive gaming, supports left-handed gamers, and has a mid-weight that isn’t too light and avoids carrying excess weight.
Check out these three Steam Deck keyboard options.
The CK721 is a feature-rich keyboard that lends itself well to mobile setups. The 65% form factor and rotary encoding are ideal for those who need to get as much functionality out of their keyboard and available space as possible. Although it includes a wrist rest, it doesn’t scream “quality” but is appreciated. More importantly, the CK721 has both wireless and Bluetooth connections.
The BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed is Razer’s answer to a 65% keyboard. Much like the Ck721, what makes this keyboard so appealing are the 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connections. Along with connectivity, the BlackWidow V3 Mini HyperSpeed also features dual-shot PBT keys and a 200-hour battery.
For those who absolutely need their number pad and arrow keys, the Keychron K4 features a slightly more compact 96% form factor. Kicking in the arrow cluster and the number pad shaves a bit of space to the side but can feel a bit cramped. Nonetheless, Bluetooth connectivity can be useful with the Steam Deck while retaining the functionality of a full-sized keyboard.