Valve has surfaced with a new handheld gaming machine to compete with the Nintendo Switch. The SteamDeck brings the Steam games and features you love to a powerful and convenient form factor that you can take wherever you go.
- AMD APU
- CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
- GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
- APU power: 4-15W
- 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
- M.2 2230 SSD
- 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio) touch screen
- Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- All models include high-speed microSD card slot
Many of my friends on Stream all preordered the SteamDeck, Evidently there is a lot of demand for a handheld gaming console.
With only 8 CU the SteamDeck is not even nearly as powerful as the R5 2400G processor which has 11 CU. This suggests the performance will be limited to less demanding titles. The limited resolution will mitigate the limited GPU performance.
The internal M.2 SSD is field replicable but the 2230 form factor is shorter than the desktop 2280 most commonly sold.
SteamDeck will be available in Q2 2022.
|MSRP (Canadian dollars)||C$449||C$659||C$819|
|Storage details||64GB eMMC internal storage||256GB NVMe SSD internal storage||512GB NVMe SSD internal storage|
|Faster storage||Fastest storage|
|Premium anti-glare etched glass|
|Case||Carrying case||Carrying case||Exclusive carrying case|
|Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle|
|Exclusive virtual keyboard theme|
On SteamDeck, your games run on a different operating system than the one on your desktop PC. It’s a new version of SteamOS, built with SteamDeck in mind and optimized for a handheld gaming experience. It comes with Proton, a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run your games without any porting work needed from developers. For SteamDeck, Valve is vastly improving Proton’s game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors.
Tim Sweeney over at Epic was licking his lips to provide games on the SteamDeck. Apparently the machine will support third-party stores.