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Steam Deck Announced and Detailed

In 1996, Valve Corporation was formed in Washington, by former Microsoft employees. Their debut game was a game that went on to become a breakout smash hit, Half-Life. Since then, Valve was releasing more, and more smash hits. In 2003, Valve released Steam and became the defacto store for PC gamers worldwide. In 2010, Valve started releasing hardware: Steam Machine, Steam Link, HTC Vive, and Valve Index VR devices. On July 15, 2021 – Valve announced a new handheld, and it’s called “Steam Deck.” To learn more about Steam Deck, click on this link to get a deep dive into the hardware. I’ll keep this simple: I’ll just post one image, and post the full specs so you can draw your own conclusion about the new handheld…

Steam Deck

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 on-board RAM (5500 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)

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 use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement)
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 IPS LCD for enhanced readability

Display size7″ 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

With the tech specs, Valve announced a dock similarly to Nintendo Switch’s supplemental accessory, called a “dock” which allows the handheld to connect to another device like a TV. That’s what a “dock” is. But Valve is changing the standard and adding more features to allow for more pathways to do things…

Official Dock

Sold separately. 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

To order Steam Deck, go to their main website here, you can also pre-order the handheld. You can also get it from Steam’s own store here. Steam Deck is being released in December 2021 in 3 different SKU models…

Base: US$399 / €419 / GB£349

Mid: US$529 / €549 / GB£459

High: US$649 / €679 / GB£569