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July 15, 2021.

All hands on Steam Deck!

Steam Deck.

Steam Deck. © Valve Corp.

The rumours had been swirling, and now they’re fact: Valve is issuing a handheld gaming console. The device, called Steam Deck, is actually a full-fledged PC running on a custom ARM APU with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU, an AMD RDNA 2 GPU and 16GB of RAM. With its 1.6 teraflops of power, the Steam Deck sits between the Xbox One S (1.4 teraflops) and the PS4 (1.8 teraflops). The massive console is 298mm wide (compared to Switch’s 284mm with Joy-Cons), weighs 670g and has a 7-inch LCD touchscreen (1280 x 800 px). The Steam Deck operates a new version of SteamOS based on a Linux distro (Arch Linux), using Valve’s Proton as a compatibility layer to run Windows-based games. If you want to use your own OS, you could wipe the device and install Windows, for example.

A USB-C dock with HDMI and an Ethernet port, whose release date hasn’t been announced, will let you connect the Steam Deck to a screen and even a keyboard and mouse, turning it into a full-fledged desktop. The Steam Deck will come in three versions. The entry-level version provides 64GB eMMC storage for CA$ 500. The mid-level provides a larger, faster SSD with 256GB NVMe storage for CA$ 660. The high-end version, at 820 CAD, provides 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD storage as well as a premium anti-glare etched glass screen treatment. You can also expand the available storage using the high-speed microSD card slot. Pre-reservations start on the Steam store on Friday with a $5.70 deposit, but initially only for Steam accounts with previous purchases dating before June 2021, in a bid to keep reseller bots at bay. The first units will be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom in December.

Steam Deck.

YouTube, “Steam Deck: First Hands-On With Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC.”

The Verge, multiple authors, “Valve’s gaming handheld is called the Steam Deck and it’s shipping in December.”

IGN, Bo Moore, “Steam Deck: the first hands-on with Valve’s handheld gaming PC.”

2021-07-15

 

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