Steam Deck is a new portable gaming device from Valve that looks and works basically just like a Nintendo Switch. Models start at $ 400 and are sold in and publication December 2021, Valve announced today on Steam.
“We partnered with AMD to develop Steam Deck’s custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It’s a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse that has more than enough power to run the latest AAA games in a very energy efficient r ange, ”the company writes. The Steam Deck thumbsticks are designed for “advanced game sessions” and the owner’s entire Steam library will be available when you log in. There’s even a dock (sold separately) to hook up TVs and computer monitors.
Here are some technical data:
- CPU: Zen 2 4c / 8t, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
- GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
- 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT / s)
- 1280 x 800 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio)
- 7 “optically bonded LCD
- Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
- Wi-Fi Dual band WLAN radio, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
And here are the current models:
- $ 400 for 64GB internal storage
- 530 US dollars for 256 GB SSD storage and “exclusive Steam Community Profile Package”
- $ 650 for 512 GB of SSD storage and an anti-glare-etched-glass screen.
There is a catch, however. To have a real chance of getting any of these things when it releases, you’ll have to pay Valve to reserve a place for pre-orders. “The main reason for making reservations is to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process for customers when the Steam Deck inventory becomes available,” Valve said writes in a FAQ. “The additional fee gives us a clearer signal of intent to buy, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution ahead of launch.” Fortunately, the reservation fee is counted towards the total hardware sales price.
News that Valve was working on a switch-like wearable device was reported first again in May of Ars Technica.