A Switch Clone for PC Gamers, Valve Advises Steam Deck

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techno.rentetan.com – But with a $400 starting price, it will not be cheap, depending on the configuration, to $650. Earlier in spring, it began to swirl rumors that Valve was working on the Switch for PC gamers for itself. Today, with his official Steam Deck announcement, Valve returned to realize these rumours.

While the Steam Deck is much in common with Nintendo’s hybrid handheld console, a custom APU from AMD based on the AMD Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architectures is included in this.

Steam Deck is set to start with $400 for the base configuration, which includes 64 GB EMMC storage, while the mid-tier configuration is set to work on a fast 256 GB NVMe SSD and some additional features, like a carriage case and an exclusive $530 Steam Community profile bundle before finally finishing at $650.

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A 7-inch, 1280 x 800 16:10 LCD display, 16GB DDR5 RAM, built-in microSD card slot, 3.5-meter audio jack and USB 3.0 Type C port for recharging, video out and data transmission are all part of the Steam Deck specs. The standard Switch is 11.7 x 4.6 x 1.9 inches in steam deck and switch, and the standard Switch is 9.4 x 4 x 1.12 inches in size. The portable Nintendo Deck is considerably lengthier and more thick than the standard Steam Deck. The Steam Deck is almost as light as the Nintendo switch (0.66 pounds), weighing around a pound and a half.

The Steam Deck contains a bunch of built in controls, such as dual analog sticks, two touch pads and a number of devices and buttons. Another important difference is that these controls cannot be removed.

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What’s lacking in the Steam Deck’s portability, however, is to make up the performance, as Valve claims the Steam Deck would have full access to the whole Steam library, but obviously if you would like to play something like Cyberpunk 2077 you could have to change your settings. However, as the Steam Deck works as any other gaming PC, you can also by streaming games from your laptop or desktop over wireless or even 4G/5G into the Steam Deck, you can sidestep the performance limits of the Steam Deck.

The Steam Deck will be running an updated version of Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS instead of Windows, so Proton does not need to create a personalised Steam Deck port to support compatibility.

Like the Switch, Valve is also building a Steam Deck dock so that you can connector it to your TV or monitor, although it will not be packaged free of charge. Valve also says that steam deck should support standard USB-C docks so that you are not locked into the Valve’s supplies for people that don’t want to shell for a special dock.

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Also, Valve introduces a new reservation system, because we’re in the middle of a global chip crunch, which it says is designed to “ensure a fair and orderly process.” Initially, therefore, the customers would be asked to pay a small $5 booking fee (the final cost is to be paid on Steam Deck) after which Valve would alert the customers to systems for shelling at the system’s full price.

Bookings shall open at 1PM ET/10AM PT tomorrow, 16 June. Valve claims that anyone who hasn’t sold anything on Steam before June 2021 will have to wait an additional 48 hours to make a reservation to protect themselves from unauthorized resellers (aka scalpers).

I have a few thoughts on this thing now when we have the basics out of the way, as someone who likes all manner of game handhelds (I’ve owned almost every gameboy, several DSes, a Game Gear, PSP, Vita, and even the Sega Nomad.

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The first is that Valve opts for a 1280 x 800 display which is basically the same as Nintendo’s 720p resolution on the Switch. It’s rather disappointing (and the OLED Switch). I hope that Valve could support 1080p in handheld mode with more powerful guts, but it doesn’t seem to have been meant to be. However, when connected to an external display, Valve states that the Steam Deck can output video with up to 4K/120Hz.

I would also stay away from the basic model and its 64GB of eMMC Storage after looking at the different configurations. This is the type of storage used for budget tablets and laptops, and although it could be great for playing casual games, it makes much more sense for people used to provide performance gaming PCs, it makes much more sense than paying $130 to update to a 256 GB NVMe SSD.

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And although it might seem awkward to include dual touchpads, I think this is necessary for the handheld playability of traditional PC-based Mouse- and Keyboard games. Since Valve released the Steam Controller in its configurable controlling options, the touch-pads might end up being some of the most important components on the Steam Deck, while it is at first a bit difficult.

Finally, while the Steam Deck is primarily designed to play games, it will interest me to see how it handles traditional productivity tasks, since Steam Deck can make an interesting alternative for frequent travellers to a conventional laptop for those who want to hook up their own USB dock.

Nevertheless, following the launch of several large technology companies like Dell and Lenovo, it is nice to see that one can actually sell for real, with concept devices designed to offer a PC-based solution.