August 3, 2021

Valve announces Steam Deck, handheld PC gaming starts at $399

Steam Deck by Valve

Steam Deck by Valve

Valve announces Steam Deck, handheld PC gaming starts at $399. Valve and Steam is a very respectable name in PC Gaming Industry. While the hype around the new Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 is still afloat. Valve made a Nintendo switch with a way better and customizable Software experience. In short, it’s a Gaming PC + A handheld controller in the shortest version. While the possibilities are limitless, you can throw in a dock and use it as a PC with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Hardware: 

The hardware packs in an AMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games. Apart from these, it comes with a variety of controller features. A decent battery, variety of triggers buttons, Thumbsticks, Grip buttons, etc.

Software:

The software is a custom Linux based Steam OS. The Steam OS is built around to be comfortable for a handheld experience. Where everyone is making their own custom OS, Valve has pushed the limits here. You can install any OS of your choice, like we mentioned it is a Gaming PC with no software restrictions.

Tech Specs:

Processor and GPU:
AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W

Steam Deck Front Panel
Steam Deck Front Panel

RAM16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)

Storage combinations:
64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Display:
7″ diagonal, Resolution – 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio), Brightness 400 nits typical, Refresh rate – 60Hz

Connectivity:
Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
Wi-Fi, Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack

Battery – 40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay

Steam Deck Top Panel
Steam Deck Top Panel

Operating System
SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)

Availability:

The Steam Deck by valve will start shipping in December 2021. You can add to your wishlist by logging into your Steam account. The pricing and available models are as per below.

Steam Deck Pricing
Steam Deck Pricing

So what do you think about the new Valve Steam deck? Will you be ordering one? Do let us know in the comments below. The Steam Deck looks promising but, the vision by Valve is not clear. However, hardware makers rely more on Software like games from where they generate revenue. It will be interesting to see how it competes with Nintendo Switch.

Check out more Official details – https://www.steamdeck.com/en/

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