Finally, Valve announced its long-rumoured Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that’s bound to rival Nintendo Switch. Users can already reserve the console and choose from three different model variants available on the Steam store. According to Valve, the shipping of Steam Deck will begin this year in December.
Steam Deck is the handheld equivalent of PC gaming and will allow users to play all games housed on the Steam platform. Like with Switch V2, Valve’s new console can be plugged into a TV or a monitor, so Steam Deck is a flexible device that allows playing games, streaming, installing apps, software, and other things among them.
As we mentioned before, the Steam Deck arrives in three different versions:
- $399 for the 64GB version
- $529 for the 256GB version
- $649 for the 512GB version
The main difference between the models is the memory size but we gamers know more than anyone the importance of memory in the gaming device. It’s a good call that people can choose a model based on their budget and the anticipated need for memory size. Of course, all three versions will let you increase storage space with a microSD card.
The specifications of Steam Deck were given right after the announcement which allows us to have a proper look at the brand new rival of Nintendo Switch. In terms of hardware, the Steam Deck has a 7-inch, 1280×800 resolution, 60hz LCD screen, a custom AMD APU featuring a 4-core, 8-thread CPU paired with 8 RDNA 2 compute units for the GPU, and 16 GBs of LPDDR5 RAM. The specs seemingly exceed the Switch console, and the size of it is also bigger than Nintendo’s handheld.
Another console entering the market may cause some great shifts and competition may increase. The news is exciting and we can’t wait to put our hands on the newest Steam Deck to see if “designed by Valve, powered by Steam” will become the new quote for handheld consoles.