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Valve’s Steam Deck in our hands

Switch-like Steam portable is coming this December


two people playing co-op with two Steam Deck units



The Steam Deck is a new handheld device from Valve for playing PC games on the go, the company announced Thursday. The Nintendo Switch-like device is set for release in December starting at $399.

Previously rumored as the “SteamPal,” the Steam Deck is a portable PC that’s slightly larger than the Nintendo Switch. It features a 7-inch touchscreen, two thumbsticks, a D-pad, and a four-button layout. There are also two trackpads — one on either side of the machine, under the thumbsticks — to allow for increased precision. The Steam Deck has eight triggers on its back: four on the device’s shoulders and four more where the ring and pinky fingers rest.

The Steam Deck will run games from players’ existing Steam libraries. Players will simply log into their account, and their friends and catalog should follow them onto the handheld. The Steam Deck is capable of running PC games on its own hardware, without the power of the cloud. Videos released by Valve show people using the Steam Deck to natively play games such as Baldur’s Gate 3, Crusader Kings 3, Disco Elysium, Hades, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Players can also purchase a dock that allows the Steam Deck to run on a TV.



Inside, the Steam Deck boasts an accelerated processing unit (APU) built by AMD. Its CPU is based on the company’s Zen 2 microarchitecture and tops out at 3.5 GHz. The GPU contains eight RDNA 2 compute units running at up to 1.6 GHz, delivering peak performance of 1.6 teraflops. The system packs 16 GB of RAM and a microSD card slot, allowing users to expand upon the built-in storage. The Steam Deck’s 7-inch screen is an LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 60 Hz refresh rate at a 720p resolution of 1280x800. The Steam Deck also features a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio — it’s compatible with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks — and Bluetooth 5.0 for controllers, accessories, and (unlike the Switch) audio.


At launch, the Steam Deck will be available in three models with different storage options. Valve says there are no performance differences between the three versions — aside from the speed of the flash memory, which will provide varying read and write speeds.

The $399 base model offers 64 GB of storage in the eMMC format. The next model up costs $529, and packs faster storage courtesy of a 256 GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD; it also comes with an “exclusive Steam Community profile bundle.” The top-tier Steam Deck, at $649, includes a 512 GB NVMe SSD that Valve refers to as “high-speed,” although it is still a PCIe 3.0 drive. In addition, this model’s screen features “premium anti-glare etched glass.” The unit comes with an exclusive carrying case and exclusive virtual keyboard theme, on top of the cheaper models’ bonuses.

Steam users will be able to reserve any of the three Steam Deck models (for a fee) starting at 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 16 — as long as they made a purchase on the Steam Store at some point before June 2021. If not, they’ll have to wait until 48 hours later.
 
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Necrokiller

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Why put it in your pocket when you're already carrying a bag? 🤦‍♂️

LMAO @ believing a 3rd-party accessory is necessary to play the Switch in handheld mode. Holy sh*t @ that hyperbole 🤣 🤣
pretty much necessary if you want to play in handheld mode frequently and comfortably.
Holy sh*t at your level of comprehension which continues to drop :ROFLMAO:

Unless what you're really saying is that the Switch has an ergonomic design. Which would be laughable.

when it's blatantly obvious what makes the Switch legit "pocketable" in the first place is its detachable joy-cons. I'd really like to see Necrokiller share a picture of his pocket stuffed with a Steam Deck 🤣🤣
Unlike rare cases like yourself, people carry their cell phones in their front pocket and wallet in the back pocket. Not sure how you're gonna make the Switch "legit pocketable" unless you're gonna carry the screen or the Joycons in one of the back pockets. Not like the Joycons are known for their durability in the first place. And carrying a tablet-sized screen in the pocket is hardly practical or worth the risk. This is why including a carrying case was a great move by Valve. 🤜

Its blatantly obvious now why CerebralTiger almost exclusively uses the Switch in docked mode :ROFLMAO:
 
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Why put it in your pocket when you're already carrying a bag? 🤦‍♂️
Convenience. It's a small plastic bag, not a backpack, and it's only because I want to play in docked mode at the place I'm taking it along to 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️ 🤣

Holy sh*t at your level of comprehension which continues to drop :ROFLMAO:
LMAO @ believing that using the Switch in handheld mode isn't comfortable. Massive hyperbole once again. If people had a problem with the design, the handheld-only Switch Lite wouldn't have been successful 🤣

Unlike rare cases like yourself, people carry their cell phones in their front pocket and wallet in the back pocket. Not sure how you're gonna make the Switch "legit pocketable" unless you're gonna carry the screen or the Joycons in one of the back pockets. Not like the Joycons are known for their durability in the first place. And carrying a tablet-sized screen in the pocket is hardly practical or worth the risk.
Dunno about the size of your pockets, but I can slide my cellphone and a pair of joy-cons in one of my front pockets just fine. That's not even considering the fact that people wear jackets during winters. A total non-issue portrayed as such by a bonafide Nintendo hater 🤣

The Steam Deck can't be pocketed regardless of how many pockets you may have 🤣

The pair of joy-cons that came with my Switch are as good as they were at launch, despite me frequently pocketing them 🤷‍♂️

Yaha me smartphone nahi khreed raha cuz it's sucks to fit them in pockets and here people are trying to fit in gaming devices in their pockets 🤣
Doosra Nintendo hater bhi aagya 🤣
 
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LMAO @ believing that using the Switch in handheld mode isn't comfortable. Massive hyperbole once again. If people had a problem with the design, the handheld-only Switch Lite wouldn't have been successful 🤣
I mean, you've made it clear countless times that people buy their hardware for the first party games. Doesn't make sense to equate the "success" to the comfort level.



🤷‍♂️ :ROFLMAO:

Pretty funny that a bonafide Valve hater is labelling me a Nintendo hater :ROFLMAO:

The Steam Deck can't be pocketed regardless of how many pockets you may have 🤣
Good. Laptops and tablets are portable devices. They don't have to be "legit pocketable" by breaking apart the pieces of an already not-so-durable device. :ROFLMAO:
 
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I mean, you've made it clear countless times that people buy their hardware for the first party games. Doesn't make sense to equate the "success" to the comfort level.
Those with comfort-related concerns could've just got the regular Switch, then, and played on their TV screens, while also retaining the option to play in handheld mode when needed. Yet, the Switch Lite is a success 🤷‍♂️

Pretty funny that a bonafide Valve hater is labelling me a Nintendo hater :ROFLMAO:
Even putting aside the lack of exclusives, Valve's device offers outdated AMD graphics tech. I prefer glorious Nvidia's hardware for my devices 🤷‍♂️ 🤣

Good. Laptops and tablets are portable devices. They don't have to "legit pocketable" by breaking apart the pieces of an already not-so-durable device. :ROFLMAO:
I mean, no one doubted the Deck as a portable device. Masla saara "pocketable" ka hai, which the Deck isn't and the Switch clearly is regardless of the various "legit concerns" you may throw at it 🤣
 

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I mean, no one doubted the Deck as a portable device. Masla saara "pocketable" ka hai, which the Switch clearly is regardless of the various "legit concerns" you may throw at it 🤣
Masla to hai how comfortable a device is to hold. The Switch is pretty bad in that regard.

Itni zabardasti karni hai at the risk of breaking the rails or the sticks or the screen phir wo loug to kuch bhi pocket kar lein 🤣
 
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Chalo, phir aap zabardasti Deck ko pocket kar ke dikha dou. Mainain tou Switch kayi baar pocket kia hua hai, kuch bhi nahi hua 🤣

LMAO @ bad design. ~90 million users would like a word with you :LOL:
 
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Do you have sales figures for any of these accessories? I never bought any 🤷‍♂️🤣
Do you have survey where 90 million agree that it's comfortable? 😂
The one thing Switch players seem most reluctant to discuss is how uncomfortable it can be to use the console in its handheld mode. The whole point of the Switch is that we can play it at home and on the go. However, if we play it in handheld mode for an extended period of time, we get some serious cramps in our hand and struggle to get a grip on the console.
 
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"I didn't buy any accessory, but I also spend most of the time in docked mode, therefore, it must be comfortable for 90 million people"

Nintendiot :ROFLMAO: 🤷‍♂️
 

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"Despite the Switch Lite's success, people must be finding it uncomfortable, because certain accessories are available and I have no idea how well they sold"

AMDiot 🤣
 
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