Steam Deck: A Mini PC
The Steam Deck has a similar shape to the Nintendo Switch, but Valve still maintains PC performance on the console. The console runs a Linux-based version of SteamOS 3.0, complete with a new UI to help you navigate with ease.
Valve also provides access where you can install applications third-party, whether it’s a non-Steam game or another launcher. In short, Steam Deck is a mini PC.
You guys can imagine when the application third-party you can install, this means you can play Xbox games via Xbox Game Pass on the Steam Deck.
Steam Deck Specifications
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)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
*All models have a high-speed microSD card slot
|Resolution||1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)|
|Display size||7″ diagonal|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Battery||40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay|
|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|
|Operating System||SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)|
Practically speaking, the above specs make the Steam Deck much more powerful than the Nintendo Switch. This allows the handheld console to run modern games very well.
IGN have tried Steam Deck and the console can run Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with the graphics setting “High” smoothly. Valve says that their real goal is to give players access to all of their Steam games on the go.
Plus, the Steam Deck has bluetooth support for any device you can connect to a regular PC (including headphones like the Apple AirPods). You can also dock this console and connect it to an external display. While Valve will sell the “docked” Steam Deck separately, the USB-C adapter third-party whichever will work fine.
There are 3 Different Models
Valve will release Steam Decks in 3 different models. Version 1 will cost $399 and have 64 GB of storage, version 2 will cost $529 with 256 GB of storage, and version 3 will cost $649 with 512 GB of storage.
The last 2 versions will also have a faster NVMe SSD. All three models will allow you to install and play games from a Micro SD card. It aims to expand the storage capacity even further.
Releasing on December 2021
Steam Deck doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but Valve will release it in December 2021. Gabe Newell (Valve’s founder) told IGN that Valve priced the Steam Deck very “painfully” but “critically”.
“I want to take this and say, oh, everything works. Everything is fast. That’s all… and then the price point becomes secondary and painful. But that’s definitely a critical aspect to it,” Newell said. “But the first thing is performance and experience, [itu] is the biggest and most fundamental obstacle driving this.”
In the end, Steam Decks are priced with a long-term strategy. Valve aims to “build product categories” that will have long-term benefits. In that case, Valve is willing to be aggressive with Steam Deck pricing.
“Nobody ever says, ‘Oh, we’ve had a huge success where there’s obviously a huge demand for this, but our margins are too thin.’ Right? A lot of people over-price a product and kill other people’s opportunities, then they convince people that it’s an unattractive category from the start,” says Newell.
Newell continued, “So we believe… our view is… we’re doing this for the long term. There are many opportunities. And so far, all we’ve heard from our partners is great enthusiasm that this is something they would really love to see the PC community push into this space.”
Valve will also carry out a pre-order reservation system. This aims to avoid the chaos and uncertainty of their console launch later in the hands of scalpers. For now, Steam Deck is still not available in Asian countries. We can hope that Valve will release the handheld console in Indonesia next year.