Valve announces the Steam Deck, a $400 challenger to the Switch

Long rumored, Valve has now announced the Steam Deck, which is basically a handheld gaming PC that will be their crack at the handheld market. It looks like a Switch, sans the removable side controllers, but is arguably more powerful and consequently, more expensive.

The Steam Deck comes complete with back buttons, full left and right trigger buttons, a touch screen, 2 analog sticks, a microSD expansion slot… the works, basically, to make it your on-the-go handheld PC and your one stop device to access your Steam library from.

Best thing yet, based on an interview with IGN, the Steam Deck is technically a PC, which means that you can pretty much install anything on it, including other storefronts. Of course it isn’t optimal, since it has its SteamOS for that, but the possibilities are pretty exciting.

Steam Deck Tech Specs

The Steam Deck will come equipped with the following specs:

  • 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)
  • RAM – 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • 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)
  • Screen – 7″ 60Hz 1280 x 800px Touch Screen(16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Battery Life – 2-8 hours depending on usage
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Audio: 3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
  • Expansion: micro SD slot

You can view the full tech specs over at the Steam Deck website.

Steam Deck Price

The Steam Deck will come in 3 models, each with varying storage capacity and SSD speeds:

  • $399 for 64GB eMMC internal storage and carrying case.
  • $529 for 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage, carrying case, and Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle.
  • $649 for 512GB NVMe SSD internal storage, premium anti-glare etched glass, Exclusive carrying case, Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle, and Exclusive virtual keyboard theme.

A dock will also be sold separately, which will allow the device to output video to an external display, but alternatively, a regular USB-C hub will do.

IGN has an exclusive hands-on preview of the device, which you can view via the video below:

Local pre-orders in the Philippines is not available at the moment, and if you want a crack at owning the Steam Deck, reservations will open on July 16 at 1PM Pacific where you’ll need to register and pay a minimal fee to have a spot in line.

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