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Valve announces Steam Deck, a handheld gaming device able to play Steam games

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Jul 2021 4:24

Valve announces Steam Deck, a handheld gaming device able to play Steam games

Valve's handheld gaming device has been in works for years and rumors have surrounded the project. But finally Valve has announced the final product: Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that is able to play Steam games - and should be available just before holiday season of 2021.
Steam Deck is a Linux powered device running mostly on AMD chips. Device has a 7-inch display with 1280x800 resolution (60Hz refresh rate) and 400 nit brightness. According to Valve, Steam Deck is powerful enough to run latest so-called AAA games.

Steam Deck is powered by a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and eight AMD RDNA 2 compute units and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

Steam Deck will ship in three storage configurations:
  • Basic versionhas 64 GB of eMMC storage
  • Mid-range version has 256GB of NVMe SSD storage
  • High-end version has 512GB of NVMe SSD storage


The lower spec version of the Steam Deck is priced at $399 in the United States and 419 in Europe, Steam Deck is expected to hit the store shelves just before the holiday season of 2021. The other versions are priced at $529 / 549 and $649 / 679, respectively.



Steam Deck
Steam Deck


Steam Deck has a battery life of 2 to 8 hours, depending on the game and uses USB-C port for charging. The operating system used is SteamOS 3.0 which itself is based on Linux. And for those who aren't happy with Linux-powered option, device is fully hackable, so one can install other variations of Linux - or even good olde Windows 10 to it in order to get support for games that aren't compatible with SteamOS.

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