Valve has finally announced its new handheld console.
To bring PC gaming out on the go, Valve confirmed rumors on Friday (07/16) that it will be releasing the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC. The new console is scheduled for release this coming December.
Valve's Steam Deck is a powerful portable device that brings handheld convenience to PC gamers, without compromising the interactive experience a desktop computer delivers. It runs on a modified version of Valve's SteamOS and decked with all the right parts to run the latest AAA games wherever you are. On top of that, the console will also allow users to access third-party applications outside of Steam.
Introducing Steam Deck: powerful, portable PC gaming starting at $399. Designed by Valve, powered by Steam. Shipping December 2021.— Steam (@Steam) July 15, 2021
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Comparing it to the popular Nintendo Switch, which will launch a new OLED model this October, the Steam Deck boasts with high-end specs that could possibly make handheld gamers quiver with envy.
It's got a 7-inch multi-touch display, 1280x800 resolution, and 60hz LCD screen, and features a 4-core, 8-thread CPU paired with 8 RDNA 2 compute units, and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Plus, the Deck can also be plugged to your TV or monitor.
The controller setup of the Steam Deck also includes a set of buttons, triggers, trackpads, and joysticks, just like your favorite gamepad but with a more ambitious take. With increased precision in mind, the console also features an IMU sensor and capacitive touch thumbsticks to help you level up your competitive edge.
It also has all the built-in storage you need: 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD (faster), or 512GB NVMe SSD (fastest), and a slot for a microSD card.
In terms of battery life, the Steam Deck is packed with a 40 watt-hour battery to provide several hours of play time for most games, offering a maximum of approximately 7-8 hours of gameplay.
Priced at USD 399, the Steam Deck is scheduled for release this December 2021 in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom. Other regions are also expected to receive the handheld console in 2022. Details to follow.
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