Today's blog post is a small and sweet one about what devices I have that work with a Steam Deck USB-C dock. I recently bought one during the Steam Summer Sale to use with my Steam Deck. However I was curious to see what else works with it.
Given that this device was designed to work with the Steam Deck, it should come as no surprise that it works as intended. However, I have a silicone sleeve that I put my deck in, and as a result, it doesn't sit correctly in the dock, and the regular USB cable doesn't fit into the Deck without an extender.
A Nintendo Switch is more picky about what USB-C docks it works with. Aside from the official docks, I have a cheap generic USB-C dongle I bought on Amazon that works corectly with it. From what I understand, it requires a special type of dongle that supports DisplayPort Alt mode with special proprietary Nintendo juice (I seem to recall that there's some magic bit or something that gets sent to the console). Needless to say it does not work with the Steam Deck Dock.
Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 worked well with the dock and I was able to use Samsung's Dex with it, however I was not able to get it to output at a 2K resolution over the DisplayPort on the dock.
Like the Nintendo Switch, the Pine Phone is also picky about what USB-C docks it works with correctly, though this is probably due to the USB driver for the phone (there were instances where USB completely stopped working on it requiring a restart). It did not work with the Steam Deck Dock.
In all, I think the dock was a good purchase, however I believe that some of the alternative USB-C docks could potentially be a better purchase, but I have not tried any others at the time of writing this.