Valve Announces Steam Deck Handheld Gaming PC

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After a rumor released by ArsTechnica in May, Valve has officially revealed the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC to arrive later this winter. This marks the second major hardware push by Valve, after the moderate failure of their Steam Machines consoles back in 2015.

Unlike Steam Machines, the new Steam Deck is more akin to the Nintendo Switch, making this Valve’s first major push into the handheld market. The Steam Deck uses a 7-inch, 1280×800 resolution at 60hz LCD screen, making it a fairly large handheld compared to others. However, released specs show that it’s fairly more powerful than most handhelds – including the Nintendo Switch – and can rival other low end gaming PCs.

How much does the Steam Deck cost?

The Steam Desk will release with an entry level $399.99 model with 64Gb of memory. A more powerful edition will release Q2 2022, with 256Gb NVMe SSD at $529.00. Finally, a premium edition will also launch Q2 2022 with a 512Gb NVMe SSD at $649.00

Does the Steam Deck use Nvidia or AMD?

Valve partnered with AMD to create a custom APU, with Zen 2 + RDNA 2 to deliver powerful graphics in a small package.

Will the Steam Deck use your Steam Account or games library?

Once you log into the Steam Deck, you will have access to your entire Steam Library of games and favorites.

Is the Steam Desk more powerful that PS5, Xbox Series S or X?

Compared to current generation consoles, the Steam Deck fares worse in terms of raw power. However, for a portable system, the Steam Deck is noticeably more powerful than other handhelds on the market – as seen with it’s price tag.

Can you reserve the Steam Deck?

Yes, Valve states that upon registering for reservation, your reservation will be put on queue and be sent an email with confirmation in the order reservations are received.

The main reason for reservations is to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process for customers when Steam Deck inventory becomes available. The additional fee gives us a clearer signal of intent to purchase, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution leading up to launch.

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