In a new video with IGN, Valve talked a little more about the technical capabilities of the Steam Deck and its AMD processor, claiming that even the games released this year "have run smoothly."
"We've been studying several games over the last few years in the back catalog, but the real test for us was the games coming out last year. They just couldn't work very well with the previous types of prototypes and architectures we were testing." , said valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais. "This is the first time we've achieved the level of performance required to really run the latest generation of games smoothly. All the games we wanted to be able to play are really the whole Steam library. we did we found something we could throw at this device that i couldn't handle. "
Griffais said current trends in PC games that favor frame rate performance and high resolutions help Steam Deck, as it means games will be easily scaled down to its lower-resolution 800p screen and they will operate at at least 30 Hz.
Valve reiterated that it uses a new AMD CPU and GPU, along with LPDDR5 RAM, a new standard for especially fast memory. "We could really be one of the first products to showcase this memory technology," said Valve's hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat. "This provides a lot of future evidence, especially because we are not the only people with this architecture. Any optimization that game developers do for this new architecture will also benefit us."
The reference in Alderhayyat architecture is the one and two punch of AMD Zen 2 found on the Ryzen 3000 and RDNA 2 CPUs on the Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards. you can read a deeper dive into the Steam Deck hardware here).
“It wasn’t until now that we felt that the entire Steam catalog was available to people who have this device,” Alderhayyat said. "That's when we learned we had a product that would offer the experience we were looking for."