Valve has lifted the veil of its long-rumored handheld device. The Steam Deck will be released in December 2021, and the starting price of the 64GB eMMC storage version is $399.
The handheld device runs on a custom APU from Valve and AMD, with a 4-core/8-thread Zen 2 processor with a frequency range of 2.4–3.5 GHz and RDNA 2 graphics (8 computing units, operating at 1.0–1.6 GHz). The APU will operate between 4W and 15W. In addition, there are 16GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s) and a high-speed microSD card slot.
That custom chip looks promising. For this type of device, a 4-core Zen 2 CPU should be more than enough. Using AMD’s RDNA2 with the higher bandwidth LPDDR5 may make it the fastest integrated graphics solution we have seen (outside the PS5 and Xbox series) X ,of course).
The base model for $399 will have 64GB of EMMB storage space. For only $529, you will get a 256GB NVMe SSD, while the $649 version is equipped with a 512GB NVMe SSD and anti-glare glass on the display, as well as some other additional features.
Valve’s design is reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch, with controls on both sides of its 7-inch 1280×800 touch screen (for those doing math calculations, the aspect ratio is 16:10). There will also be a separately sold dock with Ethernet, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and USB-A ports. Pricing for the terminal has not yet been announced.
Steam claims that a 40 Whr battery can be used for 2-8 hours while playing games, which is not much, but when you remember the use time of the Switch (up to 9 hours) or most gaming laptops, it won’t be shocking .
Until more practical experience is gained, the button layout may cause divergence. Of course, there is an arrow key, two thumbsticks, and ABXY buttons. But these are pushed up on the device via dual trackpads, one on both sides of the screen. There are also standard L1/L2 triggers and bumpers on the back, as well as R4 and R5 buttons. Oh, and the gyroscope.
Valve uses Arch-based SteamOS 3.0, so don’t expect to install Windows programs here. But the company promises that your existing PC game library can already be used with the Steam platform. This may be due to the enhanced features of WINE, which currently runs many Windows games and applications.
In addition, the Steam store can be accessed from a handheld computer, and Steam chat and other functions can also be accessed from the launcher. You can also use the remote playback feature to stream games from your home gaming PC.
The December 2021 release date applies to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. The company said it will add more countries/regions sometime in 2022. Pre-order on the Steam platform It will start at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, July 16. A separate booking fee will be charged “to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process”.
Accounts that have not purchased anything on Steam before June 2021 will have to wait until Sunday as Valve is trying to defend against the recently launched scalpers.