There will be a new player in the portable console market from the end of this year. Valve has introduced the Steam Deck, which is particularly interesting for its support of the Steam Library.
The Steam Deck is similar to a series of small portable consoles. Following the example of the PSP and PS Vita from Sony, it has a large screen in the middle and firmly connected controls on the sides. However, its size resembles the newer Nintendo Switch. The Steam Deck screen reaches a diagonal of 7 inches and is a touch screen. On the sides we find analog levers, D-Pad, buttons X, Y, A, B and also two trackpads sensitive to the force of pressing. They are said to be better than in the case of the Steam driver. The upper side then includes triggers and classic buttons. The back eventually hides another four adjustable buttons.
Due to the incorporation of touch surfaces on the sides, a number of titles will be played on the Steam Deck, for which it is necessary to work with the mouse. Overall, game support should be very good. Valve promises to support the entire Steam library, with most game developers not having to redesign or adapt. We will find out after this release how far this statement is from reality.
The performance of the Steam Deck is taken care of by a chip from AMD. It is a processor and graphics chip similar to the Xbox Series X, or PS5, only much weaker. Those interested need four processor cores and eight graphics computing units with RDNA 2 architecture. The total performance is about 2 TFLOPs, about the same as the PlayStation 4. The advantage of the Steam Deck is that it has a display with a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, while large consoles how many times they create an image in higher FullHD resolution. So the Steam Deck should be fine with the performance, it has about as much as the Nintendo Switch.
Other specifications speak of 16 GB of RAM and a battery that lasts 2-8 hours, depending on the difficulty of the game. Later, there will also be a docking station with additional ports. The Steam Deck itself is charged via USB-C, headphones can be connected via a 3.5 mm jack. The wireless connection closes with WiFi ac and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for connecting wireless controllers.
Valve started booking the console today. The first pieces will reach customers in December. The price starts at 420 euros (approx. 11 thousand crowns) for the 64GB variant. But it has a much slower storage. The 256GB version will cost you 549 euros and 512 GB costs 679 euros. Apart from the size and speed of the internal disk, the variants do not differ in any way. In addition, they all offer a slot for a Micro SD card, which will expand the space for games.
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