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Steam Deck Gaming Handheld Announced: Release Date, Price, Specifications & More Revealed

Valve has just announced Steam Deck, the PC download platform’s long-renowned Nintendo Switch-like gaming console.

Steam Deck Price, Release Date

Today we have got news about the new handheld gaming console called Steam Deck, Valve’s portable console backed by the entire Steam game catalog.

The hardware itself has an AMD APU with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU and AMD RDNA 2 graphics as well as 16 GBs of LPDDR5 memory. The storage is at either 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVME SSD or 512 NVME SSD. It can also be extended via MicroSD.

As for the controllers, we have two analog sticks with capacitive touch sensors and two trackpads, designed for PC games that were never designed for portable devices, such as strategy games, although they can also be used for shooters and all kinds of genres. The console also has gyroscopes, which we can use to better aim in a multitude of games.

Steam Deck runs a new version of SteamOS that is optimized for portable gaming. In addition to being a gaming console, the console can be used as a Linux computer for web browsing, streaming video, and more.

According to Valve, the console is designed around how Steam works on a desktop computer complete with chat, notifications, cloud saving, and your entire Steam library. It is also possible to stream games to Steam Deck from a gaming computer through Valve Remote Play.

Steam Deck will release in December and will be available for pre-order on Friday 16 July and the price starts at $399 dollars. There will also be models that cost $529 and $649.

Steam Deck Specifications

  • 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)
  • Memory: 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • Resoluton: 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Screen: 7″ optically bonded LCD
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
  • Wi-FiDual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac