Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy

The article details all about the recently introduced Steam Deck by Valve and every detail about it.

Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy

Valve has introduced its first-ever Steam Deck, a handheld PC shaped like a Nintendo Switch with a 7″ screen on social media and the internet has gone crazy over something like this that solves a lot of problems by just being portable. Valve has both confirmed and revealed its plans for a handheld console to compete with the Nintendo Switch. The company introduced the Steam Deck handheld console today. The article details all about the recently introduced Steam Deck by Valve and every detail about it.

Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy
Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy

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Everything about Steam Deck

“We think Steam Deck gives people another way to play the games they love on a high-performance device at a great price,” Valve boss Gabe Newell said today. “As a gamer, this is a product I’ve always wanted. And as a game developer, it’s the mobile device I’ve always wanted for our partners.”

Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy
Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy

The touch-enabled LCD display will measure 7in across the diagonal (making it a fraction bigger than the default Switch’s 6.2in screen), and will be capped at a 60Hz refresh rate. All very sensible given its size. It will, however, peak at a max brightness of 400cd/m2. Powered by an AMD APU, which means it will be running on the processor’s internal graphics. Paid reservations to buy a Steam Deck will begin tomorrow, 16th July, limited to one per customer for anyone with a Steam account that has made a purchase prior to June 2021.

The specs are as follows:

Compute

  • Processor: AMD APU
  • 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)
  • APU power: 4-15W
  • RAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • Storage: 64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1) or 256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4) or 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
  • All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and input

  • Gamepad controls: A B X Y buttons, D-pad, L & R analogue triggers, L & R bumpers, View & Menu buttons, 4 x assignable grip buttons
  • Thumbsticks: 2 x full-size analogue sticks with capacitive touch
  • Haptics: HD haptics
  • Trackpads: 2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback (55 percent better latency compared to Steam Controller, pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength)
  • Gyro: 6-Axis IMU
Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy
Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy

Display

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Type: Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability
  • Display size: 7″ diagonal
  • Brightness: 400 nits typical
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Touch enabled: Yes
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

  • Channels: Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
  • Microphones: Dual microphone array
  • Headphone / mic jack: 3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
  • Digital: Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0

Power

Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy
Valve Introduced Steam Deck: Price, Release, and Where to Buy
  • Input: 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
  • Battery: 40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay

Expansion

  • microSD: UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
  • External connectivity for controllers & displays: USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Size and weight

  • Size: 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
  • Weight: Approx. 669 grams

Software

  • Operating System: SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
  • Desktop: KDE Plasma

Official dock (sold separately)

  • Peripherals: 1 x USB-A 3.1 Port, 2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports
  • Networking: Ethernet
  • External displays: DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0
  • Power input: USB-C Power Delivery passthrough input
  • Deck connection: 6″ USB-C captive cable with low profile 90° connector
  • Size: 117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm
  • Weight: Approx. 120 grams

The Steam Deck will be available to reserve in select regions and will begin shipping out in December 2021. This handheld Steam console was announced the same day that Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders opened up. Reservations open July 16th at 12pm CT. Interested players are already rising in number and we recommend grabbing it as soon as possible.


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