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.”
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
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
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
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
controllers & displays
Size and Weight
Sold seperately. Specifications subject to change.
2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports