One of the most important questions about Steam Deck is how much play time we will get from its 40 WHr battery. And, for people who prefer to stream their Steam games from their gaming PC instead of playing them locally from the handheld SSD, we have good news for you. On a trip to Valve headquarters to see the Steam Deck in person, the developer gave us a pretty impressive figure.
Greg Coomer of Valve tells us that you can "play for something like 8 hours of Death Stranding, or a high-performance game, on this unit if you play it instead of playing it locally."
In previous interviews, Valve stated that you could expect a battery life of 2 to 8 hours on Steam Deck, depending on the game and settings, using the example of Portal 2 running between 5 and 6 hours when is set to 30 fps.
“At the same time, we try to give people options,” explains designer Tucker Spofford. "Because if you're at 30,000 feet on a plane and you won't be able to stream Death Stranding probably via Wi-Fi Gogo. Well, you can still play it. And the same purchase you made from Steam at both sites."
It seems that if you want to get the most out of Steam Deck's battery life, streaming your games from your gaming PC may be the best route for now. Another benefit is that it allows users who may have purchased a lower storage capacity to stream Steam Deck games to their library so they would not otherwise have space on their device.
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Valve allowing customers to play their Steam games the way they wanted was a central topic in many conversations we had with them, along with lessons learned from Big Picture mode, Steam Link, and the Steam controller.
“So much of the creation was just a piece of hardware that could hold all of these things in one place,” Coomer explains. "Like a PC gaming experience, in which you may want to customize what you get out of it, we've tried to put in enough input types and ways to play it and make everything easy to use. use it so that everyone can find a comfortable way to play the game they want to play ".
Valve has also told us that it intends to continue manufacturing devices in the same line as Steam Deck, so the idea of a cheaper streaming device is not too far-fetched. For now, though, we hope Valve can deliver the units due this holiday before announcing any new SKUs.