Steam Deck is Here!

Valve has just announced their long-rumored handled pc, the Steam Deck. The system looks similar to a Switch but runs on a Steam OS and plays the PC titles in your library. This handheld console has some solid power and comes in at $400. 

The Stats (via Kotaku)

  • CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
  • GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
  • 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • 7″ optically bonded LCD
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
  • Wi-FiDual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2-8 hour battery life
  • Can install third party programs
  • Two Touchpads on either side

The display resolution is solid for this screen size and matches the recently announced Switch OLED. The standout is the impressive ram, on par with many mid-range gaming PCs. A concern for some is the battery life. They explain that it varies depending on the game you play. Games that demand more from your GPU, like Control or Star Wars: Fallen Order, will consume the battery much faster. But you can play smaller and older games, like Stardew Valley and Portals, and extend to battery life. 

Steam Deck comes in three different price points. The base model has 64GB storage for $400, $530 for 256GB SSD storage, and $650 for 512GB SSD. You will need to preorder starting July 16th at 1 pm est. Steam Deck releases in December. 

Sources: Valve, Kotaku, IGN, PC Gamer, The Verge

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