Steam Deck is a brand new portable handheld gaming PC that combines the shape of Nintendo Switch with Steam’s huge game library. Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell promoted this device in May, and it is now officially listed and shipped in December of this year. The Steam Deck is equipped with a 7-inch touch screen display with controller buttons and analog joysticks on both sides. It is driven by AMD CPU and GPU and will provide multiple storage options.
Steam Deck price and availability
The Steam Deck 64GB eMMC internal storage option is priced at US$399 (approximately Rs 29,800), the 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage model is priced at US$529 (approximately Rs 39,500), and the NVMe SSD model is priced at US$649 (approximately Rs. 39,500). (Rs 48,410). As of now, Steam Deck seems to have only black options. It will be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom starting in December this year.
All three configurations come with a carrying case, but the 256GB and 512GB models have some additional benefits. With the 256GB model, customers will get an exclusive Steam community package. The 512GB model is equipped with high-quality anti-glare etched glass, an exclusive suitcase, an exclusive Steam community package and an exclusive virtual keyboard theme.
All three configurations can be ordered, but only in the regions mentioned above. Valve has not yet shared any information about the international availability of Steam Deck.
Steam Deck specifications and features
Steam Deck runs on Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3.0, which has been optimized for handheld experience. It has a built-in quick pause/resume function that allows to resume Steam Deck after waking up from sleep. You can install and use PC software and perform typical desktop tasks. It also allows you to install other game stores such as Origin, Battle.net, Epic, etc.
It is equipped with a 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels, an aspect ratio of 16:10, a refresh rate of 60Hz, and a peak brightness of 400 nits. It is touch-enabled and also has an ambient light sensor. Under the hood, Steam Deck is driven by AMD APU, which includes Zen 2 based 4-core 8-thread CPU, clock speed range from 2.4GHz to 3.5GHz, and GPU with 8 RDNA 2 computing units (CU) from 1.0 GHz to 1.6GHz. The power range of the APU is from 4W to 15W.
It is equipped with 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and three storage options-64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1) storage, 256GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4) and 512GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4). All three models provide expandable storage space through a microSD card slot that can be used with SD, SDXC and SDHC cards. The 256GB and 512GB options will be much faster than the 64GB model, and Valve says the 512GB option will be the fastest. In terms of connectivity, Steam Deck has dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone combo jack and a USB Type-C port, which can be used to display content on a TV or monitor. It can reach 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz.
In terms of control, you can get one arrow key, two analog joysticks, ABXY buttons, bumpers, triggers, two touchpads, and four additional buttons on the back that can be assigned in the game. The Steam Deck also has a built-in gyroscope sensor. It is suitable for external keyboard or mouse, whether wired or Bluetooth. You can also connect Bluetooth headsets to Steam Deck.
Valve installed a 40Whr battery in the Steam Deck, which is said to provide 2 to 8 hours of game time. The USB Type-C port also supports 45W charging. It has stereo speakers and a dual microphone array. In terms of size, the Steam Deck measures 298x117x49mm and weighs 669 grams.
There will also be a dock that allows you to get an external display connection via HDMI or DisplayPort, wired network, USB hub, etc. In addition, Ryan McCaffrey from IGN Say In addition to SteamOS, Steam Deck can also run other operating systems, adding that it will run all Xbox games available on Steam, which means that Halo Infinite will be played on Steam when it launches this fall.