Valve unveil Steam Deck, their new hand held PC console

Steam Deck
Steam Deck

The rumoured Valve handheld console, Steam Deck, has been revealed and claims to be “the most powerful, full-featured gaming handheld in the world.”

Valve have partnered with AMD to create a customised APU based on the Zen 2 + RDNA which they say delivers ” more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope.”

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The device has a 7″ touchscreen for typing and swiping through the Steam UI, a pair of trackads, analogue triggers, grip buttons, two “best in class” thumbsticks and a gyro for motion controls. For storage you can choose between 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD, or 512GB NVMe SSD, and expand that with a microSD card.

The 40 watt-hour battery should provide “several hours” of playtime, but less intensive games of web browsing should increase the battery life to up to eight hours. There is a built a quick suspend / resume feature and a multi-purpose USB-C jack for charging or peripherals including an official docking station. The dock has not been revealed but will allow you to hook up the console to your TV or monitor and use it as a standard PC.

“You can also install and use PC software, of course. Browse the web, watch streaming video, do your normal productivity stuff, install some other game stores, whatever,” say Valve.

The device will start shipping in December 2021 with prices starting from £349 for the 64GB model, while the 256GB model will be £459 and the 512GB version coming in at £569.

Reservations will open Friday July 16th, 10am PDT but you will have to have made a purchase on Steam before June 2021 to reserve a console, this is to try and stop scalpers. Valvce say that orders will be sent out as soon as stock is available but “we are not able to guarantee availability.” Only one Steam Deck per customer can be ordered.

Another bit of small print you may want to pay attention to: “If you cancel within 30 days, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If you cancel after 30 days, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.”

Here are the full tech specs:

Speeds and Feeds

Compute

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)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM
16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage
64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

Gamepad controls
A B X Y buttons
D-pad
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks
2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
Haptics
HD haptics
Trackpads
2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro
6-Axis IMU

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

Channels
Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Microphones
Dual microphone array
Headphone / mic jack
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
Digital
Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0

Power

Input
45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
Battery
40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay

Expansion

microSD
UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
External connectivity for
controllers & displays
USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Size and Weight

Size
298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight
Approx. 669 grams

Software

Operating System
SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
Desktop
KDE Plasma

Official Dock

Sold seperately. Specifications subject to change.

Expansion

Peripherals
1 x USB-A 3.1 Port
2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports
Networking
Ethernet
External displays
DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0

Power

Input
USB-C Power Delivery passthrough input
Deck connection
6″ USB-C captive cable with low profile 90° connector

Size and Weight

Size
117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm
Weight
Approx. 120 grams
Source: SteamDeck
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3 Comments

  1. Meanwhile in another universe Valve doesn’t release something no one cares about and actually releases Half Life 3

  2. I might have mentioned my views on stick position before, but this seems designed to annoy me. They appear to have both sticks in the wrong position, not just one of them. I can’t work out if they should be congratulate for not having a weird asymmetric stick thing, or mocked for having them right up the top, which just seems weird.

    Also, that’s half the CPU power of a PS5, and less than 1/6th of the GPU power. Can’t expect too much from a handheld device, and it’s only got to do 1/8th of the work compared to the PS5 putting out 4K, but I think they might be overpromising a bit with their claims of running the latest AAA games “really well”

  3. It’s hard to know without holding it in my hands but the position of those sticks seems really weird.

    For the uninitiated such as myself, isn’t this roughly as powerful as a PS4?

    I actually might be pretty interested in this but I’m not involved with the Steam ecosystem at all. Weird, right? Though if Sony announces something like this I’d probably be pretty excited.

    I actually hope this thing turns out really well and is successful – maybe I could be convinced, but I’d need to hear as lot of positive reviews and word-of-mouth testimonials.

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