Valve just launched a handheld portable gaming machine. This machine is called the Valve Steam Deck as it’s advertised to be able to run any game available in the steam library. The console looks really great on paper and fans are really excited. Are handheld consoles/PCs finally done right? Can we officially say this is the first portable console to actually run PC games? Well, don’t you worry. All of your questions will be answered in this article along with complete specifications and best features.
Valve Steam Deck
Now keep in mind that this is not a console. The Steam Deck is essentially a type of mini Pc. It runs a custom software called SteamOS. You have full control over the whole device for example you can even change the OS to windows if you prefer.
Youtuber named “LinusTechTips” got a hands-on review of the Valve Steam Deck where he performed various tests on the “Portable PC” and provided the viewers with valuable information. Here is the complete breakdown.
Specifications of Steam Deck
Valve is getting into the handheld gaming business with the Steam Deck: a handheld device that can play any game in your Steam Library. But, it’s doesn’t only do that. That’s because it’s not a games console, it’s really a portable PC. You can plug it into a monitor or a TV, install apps and software, use it to watch videos, and more.
Let’s see what components are used to power this beast. The Steam Deck specifications were revealed by Valve alongside the console itself,
The most important thing to note is that the Steam Deck runs on an AMD APU, and one we’re yet to see elsewhere. This chip is built around two key AMD architectures: Zen 2 and RDNA 2. The Zen 2 architecture is the same one found within AMD Ryzen 3000 processors. Within the Steam Deck, we see four Zen 2 cores, capable of eight threads, ready and waiting for your portable gaming needs.
The RDNA 2 architecture is behind impressive graphics. It comes with 8 Compute Units (CUs) for a total of 512 cores. That’s huge for such a small device. It can easily run AAA titles at 720p setting on the 7″ touch display.
Along with this, we get 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD or 512GB NVMe SSD storage options. We also get stereo speakers, a headphone jack, a decent 40Whr battery, and USB-C fast charging.
Best Features of Valve Steam Deck
This thing has an insane number of ways to control through the UI and to play the game as well.
- Touch Screen
- Joy-Sticks / D-Pad
- Third-Party Controller (BT/Wired)
- External Mouse/Keyboard
You can use all the above mentioned 6 types to navigate or play using the Steam Deck. It’s so much flexibility to use whatever you are familiar with and not worry about adapting to new layouts.
If you don’t like the small display, you can easily output the display to any bigger monitor or display to enjoy your game or content.
It’s a Powerful Portable PC
Yes, it’s literally a pocketable PC. You can even install windows on the thing and install other apps, use the browser or watch/stream any video. It’s amazing. And it’s so powerful that it according to Valve, it can run any game on the Steam library.
Great Heat Management
Usually, portable things are not as efficient in heat management and after some time will be hot to touch and then holding them will be not a joy. But the Steam Deck does a great job of keeping the heat away from the areas where you grip it. The heat stays in the middle portion and the sides do not get much affected by the heat.
The Steam Deck comes in 3 form factors;
$399 for the 64GB, $529 for the 256GB, $649 for the 512GB model.
It will begin shipping in December 2021.
Our Thoughts on Valve Steam Deck
Steam Deck is a great piece of technology. It is very powerful and very compact. We get so many features and options like expandable SD storage, changeable UI, third-party controls, display output, Bluetooth headset, and much more! The price I think is also very just.
So, what do you think of the Steam Deck? Do you think it’s one of the better things? Share your thoughts in the comments below.