Steam Deck: Valve Just Revealed Its Take on the Nintendo Switch

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Steam Deck: Valve Just Revealed Its Take on the Nintendo Switch
Steam Deck. Credit: Valve

Valve has been working on its own take on the Switch for PC Gamers, and now the company has announced Steam Deck. Though the design of the new game console is similar to Nintendo’s hybrid handheld console, the inside is different. It has a custom APU from AMD that is based on AMD’s RDNA 1 and Zen 2 architecture.


The Steam Deck

The price of the Steam Deck will start at US$ 400 or AUD 539 for the base configuration. It includes 64 GB eMMC storage. The mid-tier configuration has a faster 256GB NVMe SSD. It also comes with a few extras like an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle and a carrying case. It costs US$ 530 (AU$ 714. The top version of Steam Deck costs US$ 650 (about AU$ 875) and has an anti-glare etched glass screen, 512GB NVMe SSD, some digital swag, and an exclusive carrying case.


The other important specs of Steam Deck are 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 16:10 LCD, .5mm audio jack, a built-in microSD card slot, and a USB 3.0 Type C port that can be used for video out, data transfer, or charging. It weighs about a pound and a half and has several built-in controls like two touchpads, dual analogue sticks, and several buttons and controls that cannot be detached.


Though Steam Deck is not portable, it is great when it comes to performance. Valve claims that Steam Deck needs to have access to your library of Steam games. You might need to change your settings if you want to play games like Cyberpunk 2077. You can also stream games from desktop/laptop or even Wi-Fi, 4G/5G to the Steam Deck. It will run an updated version of Linux-based SteamOS by Valve, not Windows. It will also have Proton to support compatibility.


Valve is also making a dock for Steam Deck to allow you to connect it to your monitor or TV. It is also compatible with standard USB-C docks. Reservations will open tomorrow, June 18, at 3 a.m. AEST. The details of Australian pricing and availability are not shared yet.

In other news, Netflix will soon offer video games at no extra cost.


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