Valve will begin shipping a new handheld device called Steam Deck in December 2021.
According to Valve, the device is a "power" AMD that can run "the latest AAA games." The thick black rectangle includes a 12-inch, 1280 x 800 7-inch touchscreen, trackpads like the steam controller, and full-size analog discs.
As for the software, Steam Deck works with a new version of SteamOS, the Linux-based operating system, Valve hoped to become a basic room again when steam engines were a thing. This is not to say that the Steam Deck is limited to Linux games. Valve claims that its Proton compatibility software has been “greatly improved” and that it works with anti-cheating systems. You can simply play Windows games that do not have official Linux support.
You can also play with the Steam Deck (not a locked box) and even use it as a computer by connecting it to a monitor and peripherals. “Browse the web, watch streaming videos, do your normal productivity stuff, set up other game stores, whatever,” Valve says. Optional USB-C support will provide DisplayPort and HDMI output, an Ethernet adapter and three USB ports.
If you want, you can even launch SteamOS from your device and install Windows or something else.
"We don't think people have to block in a certain direction or a certain set of programs that they can install," said valve designer Lawrence Yang he told IGN. "If you buy a Steam Deck, it's a PC. You can install whatever you want, you can connect the peripherals you want to it. Maybe a better way to think about it is that it's a small PC with a driver connected as opposed to a game console ".
Steam Deck hardware specifications
Here are the specifications of the same handheld device, according to Valve:
- CPU: AMD Zen 2 4c / 8t, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
- GPU: 8 CU RDNA 2, 1.0-1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TPlops FP32)
- RAM: 16 GB LPDDR5
- Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB versions; expandable with MicroSD cards
- Display: 7 "diagonal, 1280×800 (16:10), 60Hz LCD touch screen
- Audio: Stereo speakers that "pack," says Valve, 3.5mm stereo jack, dual microphones, multi-channel USB-C / Bluetooth output
- Controls: Two analog disks with capacitive touch, D-pad, face buttons, analog activators, bumpers, assignable grip buttons, "display" and "menu" buttons, gyroscope
- Trackpads: There are two, and Valve says they have "55% better latency compared to Steam Controller."
- Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Cable connectivity: USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support in Alt mode; up to 8K @ 60Hz or 4K @ 120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
- Battery: 40 hours, "2-8 hours of play"
- Size: 11.7 "x 4.6" x 1.8 "(298 mm x 117 mm x 49 mm)
- Weight: Approximately 669 grams (1.47 lbs)
Valve claims that the Steam Deck has "more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very energy-efficient wrapper". I wouldn’t expect it to perform well with games with 1080p or higher graphics tax rates, but it should be enough with the 1280×800 resolution of its own screen. Promotional material includes photographs of people playing Doom Eternal, Control and Jedi: Fallen Order. We look forward to testing a Steam Deck with these games and others as soon as we have one. (Sure, we'll make sure it can run Crysis, but I'm seriously wondering how it works in something like Hunt: Showdown).
A possible disappointment is the battery life. Valve says the Steam Deck's battery will last "several hours" while playing most games, and can take up to 8 hours in "lighter use cases such as game playback, more 2D games" or Internet browsing ". It should last at least two hours playing a resource-intensive game. I hope your airplane seat has a power outlet.
A quick suspend / recovery feature will allow you to pause the Steam Deck and send it to sleep mode, then quickly activate it and return to your game when you're ready. (When you connect it, for example).
Price and availability of Steam Deck
The Steam Deck starts at $ 399 for a 64GB version. There’s also a 256GB version for $ 529 and a 512GB version for $ 649. The two more expensive versions also offer faster NVMe storage, and in all three versions, the storage can be increased with a microSD card.
Valve boss Gabe Newell said choosing a price for the Steam Deck was "painful," but that ultimately the device had to be powerful enough to work well.
"Our view is that if we do it right, we will sell them in millions of units and clearly establish a product category in which we and other PC manufacturers can participate," Newell said. "And that will have long-term benefits for us. So it's kind of a framework we're thinking about."
Steam Decks will be available starting this Friday at 10 a.m. Pacific available for booking on Steam for a $ 5 deposit. Valve plans to start shipping them in December. However, it depends on your area of residence: in December 2021, units will be shipped to the United States, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, with more regions arriving in 2022.
You can find the full Steam Deck details and specifications at Steam Deck website.