Valve's Steam Deck is a gaming laptop that connects seamlessly to your Steam library. It’s like a Nintendo Switch for PC games, except that, unlike Nintendo’s hand, the Steam Deck won’t force users into a closed system where they barely control the operating system or software installed.
In an interview with IGN, Said Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, "(The Steam Deck) can run just about anything you can run on a PC," and despite its portable form factor, it still allows you to do things like a tab alternative out of games. web browser where you can watch streaming videos.
In a practice with the device, IGN also states that you can completely remove the preinstalled SteamOS and replace it with Windows. While this will likely affect your gaming performance (because this new version of SteamOS is optimized for Steam Deck hardware), it means you'll be able to install any application you normally use on a PC, and fascinatingly other games. shop windows too. Yes, there is a possibility that Steam Deck could also become an Xbox Game Pass or Epic Games Store portable gaming system.
"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. "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 instead of a game console ".
An optional dock, which is sold separately, will even allow you to connect it to TVs or game monitors for higher resolutions and frame rates (assuming Steam Deck hardware can be up to date with the game).
This is one huge the contrast of the Nintendo Switch, which is such a heavily restricted system, is sometimes limited to infuriation. There are no official browsers or streaming apps like Netflix, and there's no way to use it as a media player unless you've hacked it. So having a handheld device that gives users complete control over the experience is extremely exciting.
The steam deck will be available this December and starts at $ 399. You can book one from tomorrow.