Comrades at Valve looked at how well the Nintendo Switch was selling and decided to release their own Switch – with a Steam library, store, chat and all the related stuff. Meet Valve’s Steam Deck Handheld Console!
$ 399 (64GB eMMC internal memory);
$ 529 (256GB SSD internal storage)
$ 649 (512GB SSD internal storage)
The Steam Deck will support all games from the Steam library. Of course, you can log in with your existing Steam profile and play the games you have already purchased. With a docking station, which must be purchased separately, players will be able to connect to external monitors and TV. The internal battery will last for several hours of portable play.
Key features of the console:
AMD hybrid processor, which uses Zen 2 and RDNA 2 microarchitectures, CPU – 2.4-3.5 GHz, GPU – 1.0-1.6 GHz;
RAM – 16 GB LPDDR5 (5500 MT / s);
7-inch touchscreen LCD screen with a resolution of 1280×800 (16:10) and a frequency of 60 Hz;
headphone and headset jack – 3.5 mm;
dimensions – 298x117x49 mm, weight – 669 g;
battery: 40 Wh (2 to 8 hours);
Bluetooth 5.0, dual band Wi-Fi;
OS – SteamOS 3.0.
In addition to the obvious touchpad screen, the Steam Deck controls include two sticks, a D-pad, four standard buttons (A, B, X, Y), four top triggers like the Switch, two buttons above the sticks, plus additional buttons on the back and bottom. The device has a built-in gyroscope for movement control.
The Steam Deck will go on sale in December this year. Alas, only residents of the USA, Canada, EU and Great Britain will be able to purchase the console – and no more than one piece per hand! Valve promises to expand its list of buying regions in 2022. Console pre-orders will start on July 16th.
(Fun fact: the recently announced OLED-Switch costs $ 350 versus 399 Steam Deck. Valve really thought about pricing this time around, it’s not $ 999 for the Valve Index VR headset … But Switch still wins on prices, and Steam Deck is clear the matter is in the number of games. In convenience – let’s see and try. Who will win in the end? Place your bets!).