Steam Deck announced a new handheld Gaming PC by Valve

The Steam Deck, Valve's long-rumored Switch-like handheld gaming gadget, was just revealed. It will be available for purchase in December, and reservations will start on July 16th at 1 p.m. ET. It starts at $399 and is also available in $529 and $649 versions.

The gadget has an AMD APU with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and AMD RDNA 2 graphics with eight compute units, as well as 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. According to Valve, three storage tiers are available: 64GB eMMC storage for $399, 256GB NVMe SSD storage for $529, and 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD storage for $649. The high-speed microSD card slot may also be used to extend the available capacity.

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The Steam Deck comes with a plethora of control choices. There are two thumbsticks, as well as two tiny, Steam Controller-style trackpads beneath the thumbsticks, which might help with first-person shooter precision. ABXY buttons, a D-pad, and a 7-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen for 720p gameplay are also on the front of the Steam Deck. A gyroscope is also included in the gadget for motion control. It includes two shoulder triggers on each side, four back buttons (two on each side), and built-in microphones, just like the Switch.

A legend for all of the Deck's ports and controllers is as follows:

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“Steam Deck's inbuilt 40 watt-hour battery enables many hours of play time for most games,” Valve claims of the battery. “You should expect a maximum battery life of around 7-8 hours for lesser use cases like game streaming, smaller 2D games, or web browsing.” “On this device, you can play Portal 2 for four hours. You'll be playing for 5-6 hours if you limit it to 30 frames per second.”

If you need to take a break from your game, the Steam Deck has a simple suspend / resume option built into SteamOS that allows you to put the device to sleep and continue your game later.

Valve will also sell a dock that will allow you to prop up a Steam Deck and connect it to external screens such as a TV. The “Deck can be connected in to your TV, monitor, or even your old CRT if you have the proper cables,” according to Valve, so you won't need a dock to connect it to a TV. The Deck has fully functional USB-C connections with HDMI, Ethernet, and USB data, as well as conventional Bluetooth. Native Bluetooth audio will be available, something the Nintendo Switch lacks.

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On the software front, the Steam Deck runs “a new version of SteamOS,” which Valve claims is suited for the handheld's mobile physical factor. However, the operating system is based on Linux.

However, the Steam Deck is still a full-fledged Linux computer, so more technically savvy users will be able to access the standard Linux desktop as well. You'll be able to connect a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, as well as install other game shops, standard PC applications, surf the web, and more, according to Valve.
The Steam Deck, according to Valve, is meant to mimic the normal Steam program on desktop, complete with chat, alerts, cloud save support, and synchronization of your library, collections, and favorites. If you want even more power, you can use Valve's Remote Play function to stream games straight to the Steam Deck from your gaming PC.

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In order to keep reseller bots at bay, when reservations for all three editions open on Friday afternoon, they will initially be available exclusively to accounts with Steam purchases made before June 2021. There's also a $5 reservation charge that's refundable, and just one reservation per person. Your reserve isn't quite a preorder, but it does place you in the queue to preorder the system as soon as it becomes available.

The first units will be accessible in December in the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, with other countries following in 2022. The presale invites are expected to be sent out before the end of the year, and if you miss your window on the invite, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.
 

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