Thursday, July 15th 2021

Valve Announces the Steam Deck Game Console

Valve announces Steam Deck, the first in a new category of handheld PC gaming devices starting at $399. Steam Deck is a powerful all-in-one portable PC. With a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD, Steam Deck is comparable to a gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. Your Steam library will be on Deck to play games wherever and whenever you want. Steam Deck is also an open PC, adding the ability to install any software or connect with any hardware.

"We think Steam Deck gives people another way to play the games they love on a high-performance device at a great price," says Valve founder Gabe Newell. "As a gamer, this is a product I've always wanted. And as a game developer, it's the mobile device I've always wanted for our partners." Steam Deck starts at $399, with increased storage options available for $529 and $649. Reservations open July 16th at 10 AM PDT; shipping is slated to start in December 2021.
Steam Deck details:
  • Powerful, custom APU developed with AMD
  • Optimized for hand-held gaming
  • Full-sized controls
  • 7" touchscreen
  • WiFi and Bluetooth ready
  • USB-C port for accessories
  • microSD slot for storage expansion
  • 3 different storage options available
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186 Comments on Valve Announces the Steam Deck Game Console

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
I like the idea. The death of the Sony PSP left a pretty big gap in the market but hot diggity damn. that MSRP. Its gonna be tough

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#2
Rithsom
FreedomEclipseI like the idea. The death of the Sony PSP left a pretty big gap in the market but hot diggity damn. that MSRP. Its gonna be tough

Indeed. For that price, it better be able to run the latest triple-A titles, as advertised.
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#3
TheDeeGee
Don't we have 93820394824 handhelds on the market already?
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#4
R-T-B
TheDeeGeeDon't we have 93820394824 handhelds on the market already?
Not open PC ones.
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#5
Chomiq
No info about resolution or the type of screens (yes, plural as the most expensive model has a different type specified). It seems a bit too wide.
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#6
Raendor
ChomiqNo info about resolution or the type of screens (yes, plural as the most expensive model has a different type specified). It seems a bit too wide.
The info is there. Search on site itself. 7 inch 1280x800
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#7
Cr4zy
ChomiqNo info about resolution or the type of screens (yes, plural as the most expensive model has a different type specified). It seems a bit too wide.

Display

Resolution

1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)

Type

Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability

Display size

7" diagonal

Brightness

400 nits typical

Refresh rate

60Hz

Touch enabled

Yes

Sensors

Ambient light sensor
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#8
TheOne
Can't wait to see people trying to play Cyberpunk 2077 on this.
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#9
Colddecked
Processor
AMD APU
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)
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#10
TheoneandonlyMrK
Do want but I couldn't warrant buying it, I wouldn't use it enough.
I will reserve judgement for now too, reviews.
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#11
Punkenjoy
1280x800...

8 CU RDNA 2 shouldn't have too much problem to run these game at good framerate. I am mostly concern with UI size as some game require a minimum of 1080p, do all pc game will work or they will require specific version of games to run on these?

We will see, but with the spec, that should be WAY more powerful than a switch.
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#12
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
I can't believe they put an SD slot on it.. Why not a M.2 or Mini-SATA? They could have put an Express-SD slot at the very least.. I don't know what they expect to get installed on a $400 64gb handheld? You'll need to get the $649 model to even make it worth it. This will die like the Steam Machine due to the price point.
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#13
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
MindweaverI don't know what they expect to get installed on a $400 64gb handheld?
I think they expect you to just use Remote Play constantly. But if you're going to do that, you might as well just buy a cheap laptop.

Luckily, it looks like even the cheap model uses NVMe storage, just really slow eMMC. So the saving thing might be if they are using a standard M.2 slot and not soldered on storage. So the user can replace the crappy eMMC with an NVMe M.2 SSD of their choice. Of course that all depends on how easy it is to even open this thing.
MindweaverThis will die like the Steam Machine due to the price point.
And then there is the whole extra dock just to get HDMI out. And they haven't even told us the cost of the dock(I'm guessing over $100).
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#15
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
newtekie1I think they expect you to just use Remote Play constantly. But if you're going to do that, you might as well just buy a cheap laptop.
I bought a Razer Kishi to play xbox and steam games using Steam link app and I've played it 3 times. I've owned the kishi for 3 months now. I don't see this as a good streaming device.
newtekie1Luckily, it looks like even the cheap model uses NVMe storage, just really slow eMMC. So the saving thing might be if they are using a standard M.2 slot and not soldered on storage. So the user can replace the crappy eMMC with an NVMe M.2 SSD of their choice. Of course that all depends on how easy it is to even open this thing.
I highly doubt they want you to open it up but someone will. I think 399 is high for what you are getting.
newtekie1And then there is the whole extra dock just to get HDMI out. And they haven't even told us the cost of the dock(I'm guessing over $100).
This is Valve we will never see the dock.. haha
TheLostSwedeDidn't someone make something like this already?
www.smachz.com/en/
The Aya Neo, but it's even more expensive.

EDIT: TheLostSwede I didn't see your link. That looks interesting but I've never heard of it.
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#16
samum
SteamOS returns!
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#17
InhaleOblivion
Instantly gave me PSP vibes. My body and wallet are ready to reserve tomorrow. Read through the specs and I already intend on getting the 256GB NVMe variant, plus all 3 have MicroSD support. IGN has an interview with Gabe and a gameplay video. Once I saw Control and Death Stranding playing just fine, that completely sold me.
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#19
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
MindweaverI bought a Razer Kishi to play xbox and steam games using Steam link app and I've played it 3 times. I've owned the kishi for 3 months now. I don't see this as a good streaming device.
I completely agree. Buy a cheap laptop if you want to use Remote Play.
MindweaverI highly doubt they want you to open it up but someone will. I think 399 is high for what you are getting.
I'm sure they definitely don't want you opening it. And I wouldn't be surprised if the storage is soldered to the board.
MindweaverThis is Valve we will never see the dock.. haha
LOL. Considering we don't even have a marketing picture of it, I bet you are right.
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#20
Daisho11
Pretty powerful handheld, but I don't think they'll sell a lot of them for that much $$$. Also I predict Sega GabeGame Gear tier battery life.
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#21
persondb
Am i the only one who think that button placement looks terrible? Not a fan of trackpads at all and they end up taking so much space...
That aside, the SSD models are pretty terrible.

Too bad that Valve went with Van Gogh instead of going for Rembrandt.
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#22
medi01
So, uh, what about Windows license?
Or can it run only non-windoz games?
TheDeeGeeDon't we have 93820394824 handhelds on the market already?
I think this one is the most powerful
Also, Valve backing makes a difference.
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#23
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
TheDeeGeeDon't we have 93820394824 handhelds on the market already?
Depends how much you see the Soulja console as a competitor
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#24
lynx29
if it had that OLED screen the new Switch just got I'd buy this in a heartbeat at $399... it would honestly be my dream come true. playing all my fav steam indie games in gorgeous OLED all comfy in bed...

Steam always has to mess something up... :/
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#25
Fourstaff
Do they have a dock to play "desktop style"?
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