Valve just announced the Steam Deck, a handheld device with the power to run the latest AAA games.

The new Steam Deck from Valve

The Steam Deck has a shape like the Nintendo Switch. It can be plugged into a monitor to use as a PC. It runs SteamOS and can be used to play PC games.

Apart from playing games, you can do other things such as surfing webs, streaming, watching videos, whatever a normal PC can do. You can plug in a USB-C dock with DisplayPort and HDMI output, an Ethernet adapter, and three USB ports. There is a slot for a memory card to increase your storage space. You can even remove SteamOS and install Windows on the device.

Steam Deck Touchscreen 0
You can do whatever you want with your Steam Deck just like a normal PC.

The device has a 40Whr battery. Depending on your usage, it can last for 2-8 hours. There is a quick function that will send the device to sleep mode and you can wake it up later when you want to.

"Maybe a better way to think about it is that it's a small PC with a controller attached as opposed to a gaming console." Valve designer Lawrence Yang.

The Steam Deck comes in 3 versions: 64GB ($399), 256GB ($529), 512GB ($649). The Steam Deck is available for reservation now on Steam with a 5$ deposit. Valve will start shipping the device in December 2021 for the US, Canada, the European Union, and the UK. More regions will be added in 2022.

Steam Deck Prices
The Steam Deck comes with 3 prices for 3 versions.

Steam Deck Specifications

  • CPU: AMD 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)
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR5
  • Storage: There are 3 versions: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB; can attach a memory card
  • Display Resolution: 128x800 (16:10), 60Hz touch screen.

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