"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):
- 64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
- 256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
- 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
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):
- A 5$ deposit
- A Steam account that must be in a valid country.
- 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