Steam Deck is Valve’s Answer to Nintendo Switch. Valve, the gaming company behind Dota, Counterstrike, Left 4 Dead, and Portal, has announced a handheld gaming unit called Steam Deck.
All-in-one portable device puts all Steam games and features in the palm of your hand.
The device runs on a customized AMD chip optimized for handheld gaming. It has built-in customizable storage options such as 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD or 512GB NVMe SSD and can be expanded with a microSD card. Stereo speakers provide stunning audio clarity, while the built-in 40-watt-hour battery provides “several hours of playtime for most games.” There’s a single USB-C jack that can be used to charge or connect peripheral devices, while WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity provide connectivity to a range of wireless add-ons.
The Steam Deck also has a number of cosmetic features that make the gaming experience top-notch, including a 7-inch touchscreen, best-in-class fingerprint, analog triggers, grip buttons, and a trackpack.
In addition, the device is full of software that users expect from Steam. There’s Cloud Saves that allow for seamless switching between computer and device, Remote Play that lets users stream games from their computer to their Deck, and there’s also the Steam store, chat, and notification options.
Steam Deck begins shipping in December 2021 and reservations open on July 16 at 10:00 PDT (07:00 EDT) in select regions. Lower storage models prices start at $399 USD while the larger storage option costs $649 USD. There is also an official dock that can be purchased separately.