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Valve Announces the Steam Deck Game Console

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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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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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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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Indeed. For that price, it better be able to run the latest triple-A titles, as advertised.
 
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Don't we have 93820394824 handhelds on the market already?
 
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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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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.
The info is there. Search on site itself. 7 inch 1280x800
 
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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.

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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Can't wait to see people trying to play Cyberpunk 2077 on this.
 
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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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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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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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I 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.

This 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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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.
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.

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.
I highly doubt they want you to open it up but someone will. I think 399 is high for what you are getting.

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).
This is Valve we will never see the dock.. haha

Didn't someone make something like this already?
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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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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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.
I completely agree. Buy a cheap laptop if you want to use Remote Play.

I 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.

This 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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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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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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So, uh, what about Windows license?
Or can it run only non-windoz games?

Don'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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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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