Steam Deck is Valve's answer to the Switch, out in December2021-07-16 17:53 by Daniela
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Valve revealed today its brand new portable system, the Steam Deck, which will allow users to play games straight from their Steam library by logging into their Steam account.
The Steam Deck is basically a cheap PC with a screen so you can play on the go, but which can also connect to an external monitor or TV if you want. It's kind of like a Switch without Nintendo games. Given Valve's history with building hardware like the Steam Controller and living room-focused Steam Machines, chances are the Steam Deck won't be the breakout hit the Switch was. It could usher in a new style of PC gaming hardware, or, far more likely, it could end up as a beloved niche. But its sheer existence further proves that there's a market here.
"We partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck's custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It is a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope," the company writes. The Steam Deck thumbsticks are designed for "extended play sessions," and the owner's entire Steam library will be available when they log on. There's even a dock (sold separately) to connect to TVs and computer monitors.
The Steam Deck will come with a seven-inch touch screen, two thumbsticks, two trackpads, and gyro controls. There are three models of Steam Deck at three different price points, which will be available for preorder starting July 16 at 10 AM PT.
Prices are as follows: $400 for 64GB internal storage; $530 for 256GB SSD storage and "exclusive Steam Community profile bundle"; $650 for 512 GB SSD storage and an "anti-glare etched glass" screen.
There's one catch, however. To have an actual shot at getting one of these things when it releases you'll need to pay Valve $5 to reserve a spot in line to pre-order. Reservations open Friday, July 16, at 1 p.m. ET.
"The main reason for reservations is to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process for customers when Steam Deck inventory becomes available," Valve writes in an FAQ. "The additional fee gives us a clearer signal of intent to purchase, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution leading up to launch."
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