Valve’s new console is officially out.
After a lot of leaked rumors in May, Valve has officially announced the Steam Deck , a handheld game console that will be released later this year, promising to be a direct competitor of the console. Nintendo Switch handheld and the newly released Switch OLED.
The Steam Deck is similar in design to that of the Nintendo Switch but slightly larger with the features of a complete PC Gaming. It runs a version of Valve’s operating system called SteamOS, complete with an interface similar to today’s other consoles and easy access to Steam. It can output to a removable screen as well as allowing users to install any 3rd party application.
In terms of hardware, Steam Deck has a 7-inch LCD screen with 60HZ refresh rate, 1280×800 resolution, equipped with AMD’s custom CPU with 4 cores, 8 threads, 8 RDNA 2 compute units for GPU and 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Practically speaking, that makes it significantly more powerful than the Switch, allowing it to run impressively current titles. In the introductory video, the Steam Deck can play Jedi Fallen Order at High Settings.
It has a control button system on the sides including two main scroll buttons, a D-pad and a four-button layout. There are also two touchpads – one on either side of the machine, under the thumbs – for added precision. The Steam Deck has eight triggers on its back. The Steam Deck will run the games in the user’s Steam account’s game inventory. Players will simply need to log into their account, and their friends and catalog will follow them on the handheld. The Steam Deck is capable of running titles like Baldur’s Gate 3, Crusader Kings 3, Disco Elysium, Hades and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order smoothly.
The Steam Deck will be available in three different capacities and prices with the same size and configuration. The cheapest version costs 399 USD (equivalent to 9 million VND) with 64 GB of storage. Next is the 256GB version of storage that costs 529 USD (more than 12 million VND) and the most expensive version costs 649 USB (nearly 15 million VND) with 512 GB of space and an anti-glare screen. The Steam Deck doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it’s currently set for a 2021 holiday release.
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