Valve introduced a portable gaming device: Steam Deck. The device will receive an AMD APU with Zen 2 cores, an RDNA 2 GPU, and 16GB of Lpddr5 memory, and versions with eMMC or SSD storage will be available. Pricing starts at €419 and deliveries start in December.
from steam surface Featuring a 7-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, the device runs on a custom AMD APU with a TDP of 4 to 15W, which was developed according to Valve in collaboration with AMD and optimized for handheld gaming.
The apu has a Zen 2 CPU with four cores and eight threads, which runs at speeds between 2.4 and 3.5 GHz. The GPU is based on the RDNA 2 architecture, and contains eight units of account It operates between 1 and 1.6 GHz. According to Valve, the graphics processing power is 1.6 Teraflops max. On paper, it is comparable to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Valve provides Steam Deck with 16GB Lpddr5 RAM and there are 64GB versions with eMMC flash storage and 256GB and 512GB NVMe SSD. Storage can be expanded via MicroSD card.
The case is about 30 cm wide and weighs 669 grams. In addition to the usual thumb sticks, the Steam Deck also has two pressure-sensitive pads, which should help in games where accuracy is important, such as with The first person to shoot. According to Valve, trackpads have 55 percent lower latency compared to the Steam console.
The device also features four Back buttonsBuilt-in microphones, gyroscope, built-in digital signal processor Which should provide a good audio experience, Bluetooth 5.0, a headphone jack and a USB-C port that also has DisplayPort support for controlling an external monitor.
The specs show that the Steam Deck comes with a 40Wh battery. This allows the hardware to run Portal 2 for four hours, according to Valve, and five to six hours if players limit the frame rate to 30 fps. In less demanding games or when browsing, Steam Deck should last for seven to eight hours.
SteamOS and Desktopmodus
Steam Deck is working on a new version of SteamOS that, according to Valve, could run more Windows games with improvements to the open source tool Proton and the addition of broader support for third-party anti-cheat software. The built-in desktop mode also allows users to run compatible desktop software.
Steam Deck supports remote play, allowing gamers to stream their PC games to the mobile device, and thanks to SteamOS, the device can be put to sleep and then wake up at the touch of a button and continue with the gaming session. put. SteamOS also supports cloud saves.
Starting July 16, Steam Deck will be available for pre-order on Valve’s website. Only one device per account can be pre-ordered and that account must have made a purchase on Steam before June 2021. Valve says this does this to combat unfair practices via bots. In addition, an amount is also paid for the reservation. Starting in December 2021, Valve will send out purchase invitations. The company tries to serve everyone who has booked a device, but it cannot guarantee this.
The model with 16GB eMMC memory costs 420 euros. Versions with 256 GB and 512 GB NVMe SSDs cost 549 and 679 euros, respectively. Its most expensive version Anti-glare etched glasslayer above the screen. A dock is also coming out for the Steam Deck; Valve will announce more details about this later.
IGN has published a Valve gaming business hands-on, and Valve has posted a video of its own online aimed at developers looking to make games for mobile devices.