Forget the Switch Pro, Valve announces its new Steam Deck game console: features, price and availability

Valve has finally unveiled its portable console that looks like a Switch Pro and performs much more important than the Nintendo console, if its characteristics are to be believed. It will be released in December 2021.

We knew that Valve was working on a portable console project with a design similar to the Switch. Barely a week after Nintendo disappointed some of the players by announcing a new console no more powerful than the Switch with its OLED Switch, Valve announced a very ambitious console.

This will be called the Steam Deck. Like the Switch, it is a portable console that can be plugged into a secondary display. Dock point however sold with the console, a simple USB-C port compatible with DisplayPort 1.4 will do. This allows you to go up to 8K definition at 60 Hz or 4K at 120 Hz. On the other hand, an official docking station will be sold separately. It keeps the Steam Deck raised, while providing the ability to connect external displays, a network cable, USB peripherals and power.

Another major difference with the Nintendo console: there is no possibility of unhooking controllers from the Steam Deck, as the Joy-Con can do so well. There are however four buttons A, B, X and Y, a directional cross.

If there is a set of double triggers, this one is analog. The Switch Deck also has two display and menu buttons, as well as 4 handles located on the ring and little fingers. There are also two analog sticks, as well as two 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback, a technology that Valve had previously tried to push with its Steam controller.

This game console is a PC equipped with SteamOS 3.0, a Linux distribution modified to run Steam games and equipped with a custom interface. On top, we find Proton as a compatibility layer to allow Windows games to run without requiring developers to wear them specifically for the Steam Deck.

Note that the Steam Deck is therefore also a computer equipped with Linux, which means more technical users will also be able to upgrade to the standard Linux desktop. Valve notes that you’ll be able to plug in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and install other game stores, classic PC software, browse the web, and more.

Steam Deck Features: The Switch Pro We Expected?

Inside, Valve’s console is much more powerful than a Switch. There is an AMD RDNA 2 graphics chip, the same graphics architecture that equips the PS5 or the Xbox Series X. It is also equipped withan AMD Zen 2 processor (4 cores with a clock frequency ranging from 2.4 to 3.5 GHz) and 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory. On the storage side, we can count on 64 GB eMMC or 128/256 GB storage in NVMe SSD depending on the version.

The 7 inch screen is not equipped with an OLED panel, but IPS LCD. He owns HD + definition, namely 1280 x 800 pixels, in a 16/10 format, the whole with a refresh rate is 60 Hz. The console will be able to count on a battery of 40 Wh. Valve promises an autonomy of 2 to 8 hours depending on the graphic detail of the games.

With the characteristics of this screen, Valve ensures that the performance will be there. It is still a shame to have a screen very similar to the classic Switch, on a device that costs more.

Availability and price of the Steam Deck: from 419 euros

Three versions of the Steam Deck are available for 419 euros (64 GB eMMC), 549 euros (256 GB in NVMe SSD) and 679 euros (512 GB, NVMe SSD).

Valve to open bookings for its three versions will open Friday, June 16, 2021 at 7 p.m., exclusively on Steam for the moment. This is a reservation, not a pre-order, Valve has limited the purchase to 1 console per person.

In December 2021, the first copies will be available in France, Europe, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Invitations for pre-orders are supposed to leave before December, and if you miss your invitation window, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam wallet.

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