Valve has just presented Steam Deck, the company’s long-renowned Nintendo Switch-like gaming console.
The hardware itself has an AMD APU with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight wires and AMD RDNA 2 graphics as well as 16 gigabytes of lpddr5 memory. The storage is at either 64 gigabytes eMMC, 256 gigabytes nvme ssd or 512 nvme ssd. It can also be extended via microsd.
The console has two joysticks, two smaller trackpads under the joysticks, keypad, joystick and a seven-inch touchscreen. There are also two shoulder buttons on both the right and left side and four buttons underneath.
Steam Deck runs a new version of Steamos that is optimized for portable gaming. In addition to being a game console, Steam Deck can be used as a Linux computer for web browsing, streaming video and more.
According to Valve, the console is designed around how Steam works on a desktop computer complete with chat, notifications, cloud saving and your entire Steam library. It is also possible to stream games to Steam Deck from a gaming computer through Valve Remote Play.
Steam Deck will start shipping in December and will be available for pre-order at 19:00 on Friday 16 July. Price starts at 399 dollars, corresponding to approximately SEK 3,470, excluding Swedish VAT. There will also be models that cost $ 529 and $ 649.