The Steam Deck has been a phenomenal option for gamers who want to bring their Steam library with them anywhere they go. It’s also a more affordable option especially for people who are now finding desktop PC gaming a little too steep. To further enhance your experience with Valve’s handheld console, these Steam Deck accessories are almost necessary.
Apart from the usual tempered glass screen and the must-have case, there are other varieties of Steam Deck accessories that you might want to look at. Some of them offer protection while others provide convenience that also extends to your activity with other devices– not just the Steam Deck.
8Bitdo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller
- Great device compatibility
- Hall-sensing and advanced joysticks offer more durability
- Has its own charging block
- Lots of connectivity options
- Good build quality
- Back paddle buttons are handy
- Precise analog sticks
- Lots of buttons that can be remapped
- Uses Switch face button layout
- Bluetooth/2.4g adapter/USB Cable
- Hall Effect Sensing Joystick
- 2 Pro customizable back paddle buttons
- Multifunctional Charging Dock
For sure, you wouldn’t want to wear out the analog sticks and the other buttons in your Steam Deck, so if you’re that fussy about the controllers, then just grab yourself an 8Bitdo Ultimate Bluetooth Controller.
It also comes with a wireless 2.4GHz dongle but you’ll mostly be connecting it via Bluetooth. It’s by far the most versatile controller right now and it’s also available for use with the Switch and smartphones, along with PC and consoles; so you’ll be getting more mileage for it outside of the Steam Deck.
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card
- Class 10 speed
- Comes with an adapter
- 4K and 5K UHD-ready
- Rated A2 for faster loading and in-app performance
- A bit pricey for higher capacities
- Comes with an adapter
It’s a good thing that a lot of cheap microSD cards can go up to 1TB right now, because the Steam Deck accepts them. So that means you can always expand a 500GB Steam Deck into a 1.5 TB one, assuming you purchased the 1TB version of the SanDisk Extreme.
As for speed, you’ll not find this wanting since it’s Class 10, meaning the fastest. It’s a tad pricey, however, so you can always opt for more affordable microSD cards or a smaller storage space.
Samsers Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard
- Cheap price
- Soft-touch feel thanks to PU leather
- Comes with phone stand
- Light and compact
- Good device compatibility
- Wobbly keys
- Hinge can get in the way
- 78 keys
- 40-hour battery life
- 5.53-ounce palm-sized keyboard
- Wear-resistant PU leather
- Comes with a stand
The Steam Deck already has some reliable track pads for faux-mouse operations so all you need is a portable keyboard for some viable and supported strategy games. The Samsers Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard folds in half and fits on your palm.
It also has a decent battery life and 78 keys, which is good enough for any strategy or management game that’s supported on the Steam Deck. You can also use it for your smartphone and it comes with a phone stand that can accommodate the Steam Deck.
Anker PowerCore+ 26800
- High capacity
- Relatively affordable for its capacity
- Fast charging
- Good warranty
- Comes with a travel pouch
- Can sort of fit in a pocket
- No nonsense design
- A bit heavy
- 26800 Milliampere Hour (mAh) capacity
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- 18-month worry-free warranty
- USB Type C, Lightning, Micro USB
You’d naturally need a power bank for a mobile device, and as far as power banks go, the Anker PowerCore+ is one of the most competitive. For a price point of sub-$100, the value is outstanding.
You get nearly 27,000 mAh of power, which is enough to charge the Steam Deck around four or five times. Of course, it’s also useful for other mobile or portable devices you have so you’re getting great value here and a lot of mileage for what’s initially a Steam Deck accessory.
Razer Nari Essential Wireless
- Noise canceling mic
- Decent battery life
- Comes with a wireless dongle
- Decent bass
- Surround sound
- No Bluetooth
- Introduces static noise if the volume is maxed
- 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response
- Lightweight & Auto-Adjusting Headband
- 16-Hour Battery Life
- Noise Canceling Microphone
- 2.4GHz Wireless Connection
Earbuds or earphones might be more portable and unobtrusive but they don’t have the best sound quality or mic. And if you’re gaming outdoors, they’re not the heathiest option since you’ll need to increase the volume to account for ambient noise. The Razer Nari Essential Wireless is thus safer and offers better sound quality.
It’s a headset with a noise-canceling mic so you can use it for a lot of multiplayer games on the Steam Deck. Battery life also isn’t too shabby and the headset is light and affordable.
Docking Station for Steam Deck
- Lots of ports
- Comes with an Ethernet port
- Has a 14-in-1 option
- Works with other devices
- Pricey for an off-brand dock
- Has limitations for thick protective cases
- HDMI (4K@60Hz)
- Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps)
- 3*USB3.0 ports (5Gbps)
- USB-C charging (100W)
It’s a bit more pricey compared to other docking stations for the Steam Deck, but you get extra functionality in the form of an Ethernet port, allowing you some lag-free action for online games.
Other ports and functionalities are impressive too and allow you more space for other peripherals and wireless devices. Moreover, it also doubles as a stand for your Steam Deck in case you want to play with a wireless controller.
Hevanto Carrying Case
- Scratch resistant coating
- Decent zippers
- Lots of storage for small accessories
- Shock resistant
- Can become a sling bag
- Snug fit, not much room for extra peripherals
- AC adapter
- Cable storage
- SD card storage
- Earbuds storage
- Docking station/portable charger storage
- Sling bag
- Scratch resistant
- Shock resistant
For better portability and protection against the elements, this bag ought to be one of the must-haves for your Steam Deck. You can expect it to store some of your most important Steam Deck accessories though larger ones don’t count.
At the very least, you can transform it into a sling bag to free your hands. For protection, it will do its job well enough since there’s shock resistance and the velvet layer on top of the hard shell feels tough.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Steam Deck accessories are necessary?It's worth noting that the Steam Deck is complete and usable by itself, but if you want to preserve its lifespan, you'll want a tempered glass over the screen and a shock-proof case.
Can Steam Deck accessories make you better in gaming?Some of them do, especially the controller and the headset.