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Valve annouces Steam Deck. A handheld gaming PC - A News for Steam.

"The most gaming power you have ever held" -Valve

Valve just dropped a huge announcement. A direct competitor to the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck, a handheld Gaming console! Or as Valve described it: an All-in-one portable gaming PC!

"Steam Deck brings the Steam games and features you love to a powerful and convenient form factor that you can take wherever you go."

The system will run SteamOS 3.0, a Linux based Operating system. But, most games in the steam library will be playable:

"Steam Deck runs SteamOS 3.0, and thanks to Proton, your build will likely work right out of the box. To learn more about how to test your game, make your game even better on Deck, or request a developer kit, visit the Steamworks site."

However, Valve Designer Lawrence Yang confirmed that you'll be able to even install other PC stores and play their games too, or even Replace SteamOS with Windows or anything else.

"If you buy a Steam Deck, it's a PC. You can install whatever you want on it, you can attach any peripherals you want to it. Maybe a better way to think about it is that it's a small PC with a controller attached as opposed to a gaming console" -Source: IGN

The device is powered by an AMD chipset. Specs:

  • CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
  • GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
  • RAM:16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • Storage Options (Affects the price):
    1. 64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
    2. 256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
    3. 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)

    4. All models include high-speed microSD card slot
  • Display: 7" - 60Hz - 1280x800 (16:10) - LCD Touch screen.
  • Battery: 40Whr battery. 2 - 8 hours of gameplay

Pricing Options will be:

  • 399$ for the 64GB eMMC - Carrying Case.
  • 529$ for the 256GB NVMe SSD - Carrying Case, Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle.
  • 649$ for the 512GB NVMe SSD - Premium anti-glare etched glass, Exclusive carrying case, Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle, Exclusive virtual keyboard theme.
  • A dock with more connectivity options like DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet etc.. Will be sold separately. However more info is yet to be revealed about it.

"Steam Deck starts shipping December 2021 to the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. More regions coming in 2022"

The Steam Deck will be available for Reservation starting this Friday at 10AM Pacific. Though some requirements must be met (Mostly to prevent scalping as much as possible):
  1. A 5$ deposit
  2. A Steam account that must be in a valid country. 
  3. Additionally for the first 48 hours of reservation availability your account must be in good standing, and have made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021.

Useful Links:

Steam Deck Official Website
Steam Deck on Steam
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    No offense to the people who are going to buy this  and interested in it

    but I already have like beast handheld computer
    for a cheap price which is the  GPD Win Max
     , and I won't purchase this sadly and I'm not gonna say anything bad about it bc it hasn't came out yet

    tbh this is a cool way of saying "hey do you want to go outside and play half life in ur free time in the park without having to spent time and work on making a handheld console and you just wanna buy it "

    and btw like you can get this stuff
    don't get amazed that this hasn't be done before
    it's been done and it had a hype train when the switch came out

    like there a lot of handheld pc gaming consoles and I don't think this is something new to see but it does look good and idk what I can say if doom eternal runs on 60fps with max graphics then hell yeah you should buy it if you want it , 

    but there are cons to this is that the battery is 8 hours so you won't get unlimited playing hours, 

    but in general from the pics they look dripping and good damn good , and looks like something I would dream off as a child the psp 2 or something like that lol
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