The Steam Deck Portable Gaming handheld has a battery life of between two and eight hours, depending on which games you play. With the new Steam Home screen, you can play your games on your handheld, just like on your PC. The home screen also shows what’s new in your library and store and what you can see from your friends.
Users can surf the Internet, watch streams and play games. You can also expect to have access to many Steam features, including chat, remote play (whether on your PC or in the cloud), storage, and of course, the Steam storefront.
Think of our Nintendo Switch Pro, but it’s much more powerful and gives you access to your entire Steam library and more. You can check if the games you are playing are supported on Valves Steam with the Proton database. Then you can download and install on Windows if you prefer.
The device is a 7-inch touchscreen with two thumbsticks, two trackpads, a D-pad, and four buttons. The trackpad makes a big difference because the switch imitates a PC mouse for players who want maximum precision in games. It is located on one side of the machine, while the thumbsticks allow for increased accuracy.
The Stream Deck is a Switch-like portable console set to be launched in December 2021. Valve has built an official dock with DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 1 Ethernet port, 1 USB 3.1 port, and 2 USB 2.2 ports. The system can connect to an external display to play games in 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz. The device runs Valve’s SteamOS that lets you run your Steam games. It is a mobile PC platform with a 7-inch touchscreen with two thumbsticks, a D-pad, and a four-button control layout. The system is powerful enough to run AAA games and is powered by an AMD 4-core AMD CPU and 16GB of RAM.
Valve has unveiled Steam Deck, a portable gaming PC that can run games from the Steam catalog. Steam Deck is a mobile PC gaming device at a glance that brings all the features and games you love about Steam into a new, powerful and convenient form that you can take with you wherever you go. Steam Deck has an impressive set of specs that will make it the best handheld gaming platform of the future.
The dock also allows users to extend their entry into the console market with the Steam Deck experience to larger displays. As the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Decks Dock has an output via USB Type-C to a television or monitor via its port. Valve plans to sell its dock later, but you can use an existing USB Type C dock without problems.
Valve announced its new handheld, the Steam Deck, powered by its own Linux operating system. After being rumoured since May, Valve has finally announced that the Stream Deck, a handheld gaming PC, will hit the market later this year. The Steam Deck will play the latest AAA games on the PC, but you can also install Windows on the device.
It runs the new version of Valve’s SteamOS, complete with a new console-style interface for easy navigation between Steam Store and your Steam library. It provides access to unlimited third-party computer and desktop applications installed, including games not from Steam. The Stream Deck, a handheld gaming PC due to be released later this year, will have a similar form factor to the giant Nintendo Switch but the abilities of a full-fledged gaming PC. IGN has exclusive hands-on with the Steam Deck as part of this month’s FAQ, and from Valve itself, there is all the essential information.
Steam Deck describes its CPU developed in collaboration with AMD and its handheld PC as a comparable gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. With your Steam Library, the Deck can play any game you want.
If you want a device that turns your PC games into a cute, portable switch, Valve has your toys. Companies like Odroid and Nintendo have proven that there is a viable market for powerful handheld games. The new processor, co-developed by AMD, is optimised for handhelds and uses AMD’s Zen 2 and RNA 2 architectures and 16GB LPDDR5 RAM.
The Zen 2 is a quad-core chip with a maximum of 3.5 GHz, DNA 2 (think of the graphics muscle of the PlayStation 5), and 16 TFLOPs of the FP32.
Valve says that there is a 40-watt battery that can recharge the device on a single charge for two to eight hours. Interesting for me as a Linux nerd is that the device uses a new version of SteamOS, based on Arch Linux, and uses KDE plasma on the desktop. Valve says it is designed for handheld use and uses the Proton compatibility layer to run games without developers having to do any porting work.
The company hopes to surpass the familiar graphical limitations of Nintendo’s Switch and OLED and fill a gap in which cloud gaming companies like Microsoft are working to gain a foothold while dealing with latency and other technical limitations. The Stream Deck is not a closed device, and Valve will not stop users from doing what they want, such as installing Windows and Epic Games Store.
The Steam Deck allows you to pause and resume games by pressing the power button, just as you would on a Nintendo Switch. You can suspend game after game, but don’t expect the Xbox Series Xs Quick Resume feature to allow you to suspend multiple games at any time. Unlike Xbox Cloud Gaming which is available through a web browser only, the Steam Deck can also be used as a portable Xbox Game Pass machine.