After the Nintendo Switch and the handhelds from PlayStation, Valve now comes with the Steam Deck. It should appeal to PC gamers.
The Nintendo Switch proves that the handheld isn’t extinct yet. Now this device seems to be an exception to the rule. For example, if you look at PlayStation, releasing a console is and remains a tricky thing for you. After all, Sony’s Vita was a disaster in terms of sales.
Now it is Valve that dares to take up the challenge. That is what Valve is doing with the new Steam Deck. A handheld console that will be released in select markets in this world, including the EU. The price is 419 euros.
The device consists of a 7-inch touchscreen with a 60Hz refresh rate. There are two joysticks, a number of buttons, a 3.5mm input for your headphones, stereo speakers and haptic feedback for an active gaming experience. In addition, there is an AMD processor in the device. It’s not exactly half work what Valve has delivered here.
It comes with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. You can expand that with a microSD card. The battery lasts about two to eight hours. That depends on how intensely you use the device.
Valve has equipped the Steam Deck with SteamOS. An OS that allows you to access the Steam library. You can play games directly on this handheld, but also via streaming if your computer is on at home, for example. The device will be available from December 2021.