The Steam Deck is Valve’s long-rumored portable computer, and it is expected to be release in December 2021. If you have a large Steam library of games, this Nintendo Switch-like device promises to put a fully-functional PC in the palm of your hand. It already sounds like a very tempting proposition for anyone who has a large Steam library of games.
In April, it was revealed that Valve Corporation, the company behind Half-Life, was secretly working on a dedicated handheld device for the game. Ars Technica was the first to report on Valve’s portable PC gaming device, dubbed the “SteamPal,” which was previously known by the codename Neptune. Ars Technica was the first to break the news about the device, which we now know is a real thing.
To summarize, the Steam Deck is a portable PC gaming device that combines all of your favorite Steam features and games into a new, powerful, and convenient form factor that you can take with you anywhere. With a 7-inch LCD screen, it runs a modified version of Valve’s SteamOS operating system, complete with a console-like interface.
The Steam Deck, like the Nintendo Switch, can be docked and output to a TV or monitor via its USB Type-C port, just like the Nintendo Switch. Even though Valve intends to sell its own USB Type-C dock separately at a later date, you can continue to use existing USB Type-C docks without issue.
Because of this functionality, you can use the Steam Deck as a full-fledged PC if you so desire, as you can install any operating system you desire – though most people will be content with SteamOS as the default. A variety of hardware accessories, such as a mouse and keyboard or a flight stick, can be connected, ensuring that all of your favorite peripherals will function properly as well. Oh, and you can even use a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones to connect to the system.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
- What is it? A powerful, portable PC from Valve
- How much will it cost? $399 / 64GB, $529 / 256GB , and $649 / 512GB
- Release date? December 2021 in the US, Canada, EU and UK. Global in 2022.
- Size: 298mm x 177mm x 49mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: Approx 669 grams
- CPU: AMD 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: 16GB LPDDR5 RAM
- Storage: 64GB eMMC / 256GB NVMe SSD / 512GB NVMe SSD (all models include high-speed microSD card slot)
- Display resolution: 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
- Display size: 7-inch diagonal
- Brightness: 400 nits typical
- Refresh rate: 60Hz
- Touch enable: Yes
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Audio: Stereo speakers, dual microphone array, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
- Power: 45W USB Type-C
- Battery life: 2 to 8 hours of gameplay
- Operating system: SteamOS 3.0
The Steam Deck is scheduled to launch in December 2021 for $399 / £349 for the base model, which includes 64GB of internal eMMC storage and a carrying case.
The mid-range model costs $529 / £459 and includes a 256GB NVMe SSD, a carrying case, and an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle.
Finally, the top tier option is $649 / £569 and includes 512GB of internal NVMe SSD storage, premium anti-glare etched glass, an exclusive carrying case, an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle, and an exclusive virtual keyboard theme.
Steam Deck pre-orders began today, July 16, at 10am PDT / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST. You’ll need to put down a $5 / £4 deposit to reserve your console, and you can pre-order from the Steam Store.