Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console

It’s official; Valve is making a handheld console called the Steam Deck, a portable SteamOS device for on-the-go PC gaming with an AMD “Powerhouse” SOC powering it. 

The system will be available in December, launching with pricing as low as £349 in the UK, a 7-inch 1280×800 screen and a full Steam Controller style gamepad with trackpads and full Xbox-style gamepad controls. Let’s be clear here; this system is a full-on gaming PC, a factor that gives this system a lot of versatility. 

Thanks to SteamOS and Valve’s work on Proton, a huge portion of Steam’s vast game library will be playable on the system, even if they are Windows exclusive. The system will have varying storage and screen coating specifications depending on the model you order, but all of these systems will contain AMD’s most powerful APU to date.  

With a quad-core Zen 2 processor, 16GB of LPDDR5, and RDNA 2 GPU CUs, Valve’s Steam Deck has AMD’s most powerful low power gaming SoC to date. Valve’s use of LPDDR5 memory also ensures that their gaming SOC has plenty of memory bandwidth to play with, at least compared to AMD’s other integrated graphics chips. 

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console   

With a price tag as low as £349, it is hard not to be pleased with what Valve and AMD are offering with the Steam Deck hardware-wise. 16GB of memory is more than most laptops contain, and with a 7-inch screen, a resolution of 1280×800 will look great for most titles. 

The only problem with Valve’s design is the system’s better life, a problem that is shared by all gaming handhelds. That said, a USB battery pack should help portable users extend the battery life of this system to more comfortable levels. 

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)
Node: 7nm TSMC
Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB models; expandable with MicroSD cards
Display: 7″ diagonal, 1280×800 (16:10), 60Hz LCD touchscreen
Audio: Stereo speakers that “pack a punch,” says Valve, 3.5mm stereo jack, dual mics, multichannel USB-C/Bluetooth output
Controls: Two analog sticks with capacitive touch, D-pad, face buttons, analog triggers, bumpers, assignable grip buttons, “view” and “menu” buttons, gyro
Trackpads: There’s two of them, and Valve says that they have “55% better latency compared to Steam Controller.”
Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Wired connectivity: USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
Battery: 40Whr, “2-8 hours of gameplay”
Size: 11.7″ x 4.6″ x 1.8″ (298mm x 117mm x 49mm)
Weight: Approximately 1.47 lbs (669 grams)

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console   
With their Steam Deck system, Valve has the potential to completely change the PC gaming ecosystem, giving developers a reason to focus on titles with lower system requirements for mobile PC players. That said, thanks to AMD’s RDNA 2 SOC, the Steam Deck also gives developers more reasons to invest in AMD’s RDNA 2 feature set, Linux gaming, and the cross-OS Vulkan API. 

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console   
Valve’s Steam Deck will be available this December for prices between £349 and £569. The more expensive models will ship with carrying cases, NVMe SSD storage and exclusive Steam Community items. The highest-cost £569 model will also come with a premium anti-glare etched glass screen. 

Valve has confirmed that they are working on a Switch-style dock for the Steam Deck, which will be available with an Ethernet port, HDMI and DisplayPort connector options, and many USB ports. 

Steam users can reserve their Steam Deck starting tomorrow for £4 in the UK. 

Valve announced their Steam Deck Handheld console   

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