Steam Deck $400 Handheld Console Announced by Valve. Release date is December 2021

19 July 2021
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Steam Deck Handheld Console

Valve has announced the Steam Deck, the first in a new category of handheld PC gaming devices. Steam Deck starts at $399, with increased storage options available for $529 and $649. Reservations open July 16th, 2021 at 10 AM PDT; shipping is slated to start in December 2021.

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.

Watch the Steam Deck announcement trailer:

Steam Deck – Valve GamePlay Trailer

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
  • A Dock that allows you to play Steam Deck games on your TV will arrive at a later time; Sold Separately

Watch an interview with the creators of the Steam Deck with a hands-on demonstration:

Steam Deck: First Hands-On With Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC

“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.”

Valve President Gabe Newell discusses the importance of the Steam Deck’s price and its development:

Gabe Newell: Hitting Steam Deck Price Was ‘Painful’ but ‘Critical’

Steam Deck Specs:

  • CPU: AMD Zen 2
  • Core count: 4-core/8-thread
  • CPU clock speed: 2.4–3.5GHz
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2
  • GPU Compute Units: 8
  • GPU clock speed: 1–1.6GHz
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR5 @ 5,500MT/s 32-bit quad-channel
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC / 256GB NVMe SSD / 512GB NVMe SSD
  • Display: 7-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, dual mics, USB Type-C/Bluetooth
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support
  • Battery: 40Whr
  • Size: 11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inch (298 x 117 x 49mm)
  • Weight: Approximately 1.47 lbs (669 grams)
  • Price: $399 (64GB) / $529 (256GB) / $649 (512GB)

Looks like Valve wants a piece of the Nintendo Switch pie by introducing a competitor and making their full Steam library compatible to play on-the-go.

Are you interested in picking up Valve’s Steam Deck?

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