Some new out of the handheld gaming department following last week's announcement of Nintendo's OLED Switch model, there's going to be a fresh option coming for the holidays. Introducing Valve's Steam Deck, a handheld gaming experience that brings the digital gaming experience on the go.
This appears to be a very quality state-of-the-art piece of hardware. Running on a modified version of SteamOS, it's powered by AMD, packed with Zen 2 + RDNA 2 architecture that's designed for handheld gaming and capable of running AAA games. It's GPU has 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz, up to 1.6 teraflops, so in terms of processing power, it outclasses the Nintendo Switch's Tegra X1.
A 7" touchscreen with capacitive multi-touch display. Handheld gaming a little tough for fast-paced FPSes? It will also feature precise trackpads, providing a sharp feel when it comes to playing first-person shooters via handheld. Along with MUI and capacitive touch thumbsticks, the Steam Deck will also boast gyroscope controls, providing sharper aiming with motion of the Deck, similar to the Wii U gamepad.
There will be three models with different storage capacities. The base model will have 64gb. There will be a (US)$529 model with 256gb of storage. And a (US)$649 version that packs 512gb. The two bigger Steam Decks will house faster NVMe SSDs.
The Steam Deck doesn't have a hard release date as this writing, but has a target window of December 2021. More details to follow.