We're less than a month away from the release of Valve's Steam Deck, a portable gaming computer that will be able to play any game in your Steam library. Taking inspiration from both the Nintendo Switch and the gaming PC, the Steam Deck is a portable gaming system with a lot of power hidden beneath its screen.
The Steam Deck is much more than just a gaming console. A PC means that you can connect it to a monitor or television, connect it to controllers or a mouse and keyboard, and even install Windows if you so desire. Similar to a regular PC, you can use launchers other than Steam and even disassemble it if you so desire. The Steam Deck, on the other hand, has some unique features that make it feel more like a console in terms of efficiency. Because of a compatibility tool known as Proton, the new version of SteamOS, Valve's Linux-based operating system, will be able to seamlessly play games that were originally designed for the Windows platform. The system also has the ability to suspend and resume games, and it is compatible with some of the more advanced AMD graphics features.
Everything you need to know about the Steam Deck can be found right here.
When is the Steam Deck release date?
Valve has announced that the Steam Deck will be available for purchase on February 25, 2022.
The term “Launch” in this context does not necessarily imply that you will be holding a Steam Deck on that particular day. Valve will begin sending out emails to everyone who has pre-ordered a Steam Deck on February 25th, according to the company.
Currently, a Steam Deck can be reserved for $5 (£4) if you pay a deposit of that amount. Regardless of whether or not you decide to order a Steam Deck, the $5 deposit will be applied toward the cost of the deck if you do so. If you change your mind and decide to cancel, your money will be refunded.
The company states that “When inventory is available, customers will be notified in the order reservations were made to make their purchase,”
The Steam Deck is currently only available for pre-order in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Union, but Valve has stated that it intends to make the Deck available for pre-order in additional countries as soon as it is able. For the time being, there are no plans to sell the Steam Deck in retail stores, so purchasing it directly from Valve will be the only option for the foreseeably distant future.
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How much does the Steam Deck cost?
The price of the Steam Deck varies depending on which version you choose, and there are three different versions available depending on how much storage space you need. The Steam Deck is priced at:
- $399 for the 64GB version
- $529 for the 256GB version
- $649 for the 512GB version
The more expensive Steam Deck models are equipped with faster NVMe SSD storage, whereas the most affordable model is equipped with a 64GB eMMC (embedded multi-media card) storage solution, according to the manufacturer. At the very least, all three versions will allow you to expand your storage capacity by using a MicroSD card.
If you intend to expand your storage capacity, you'll probably want to spend a little more money on a faster MicroSD card to ensure that your applications load more quickly. The SSD in the Deck will be replaceable and upgradeable, though this may not be the best option—Valve chose the SSD in the Deck for its speed and ability to avoid electromagnetic interference with other components, so you shouldn't expect any random off-the-shelf part to perform as well as the one included.
What are the Steam Deck specs?
The Steam Deck specifications were revealed by Valve at the same time as the console itself, which means we now know everything about what is hidden beneath the console's 7-inch display.
The most important thing to note for PC gamers is that the Steam Deck is powered by an AMD APU, which is unlike anything else we've seen before. This chip is based on two key AMD architectures: the Zen 2 and the RDNA 2 processors.
The Zen 2 architecture is the same as that found in AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, and the Steam Deck contains four Zen 2 cores, each of which is capable of running eight threads, ready and waiting to meet your portable gaming needs when the time comes.
The RDNA 2 architecture is responsible for the graphical power of the handheld PC. The Steam Deck is equipped with eight Compute Units (CUs), which add up to a total of 512 cores. Even though it isn't a significant amount (the Xbox Series S comes with 20 RDNA 2 CUs), it appears to be sufficient to allow for 720p playback without too much difficulty.
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