Steam Deck, the most powerful portable console
At first, we might think that we are facing the most direct competition of the Nintendo Switch, and the truth is that seeing everything it offers, it is possible that some users are tempted to bet on this platform instead of Nintendo’s. But let’s not forget that Nintendo has a very peculiar vision and that Switch has a chameleonic capacity to transform itself into a desktop console and a portable console, something that Steam deck Does not offer. But let’s get to the interesting thing.
Valve’s proposal is a console that hides inside an AMD processor designed between both brands and based on the architecture Zen 2 and RDNA 2, which arrives accompanied by 16 GB of RAM LPDDR5. The console will be available in versions of 64, 256 and 512 GB of storage, so depending on the model we can install more or less games.
The device had been rumored for quite some time, and today we can finally put a face to it with the official images that the manufacturer has shared. We can see how it has a style similar to Switch, although the dimensions are higher, basically because it has more voluminous grips where it places large triggers and several lower buttons with which to have more shortcuts at hand.
It is striking the presence of two front trackpads that will allow greater precision when playing shooters, although it will be necessary to see exactly how comfortable the control is in this regard.
With Steam as a library
The idea of this console is that it is capable of running triple AAA games in the same way that a gamer laptop could do, something that will perform quite well if we take into account that the maximum resolution of the screen of 7 inches It is 1,280 x 800 pixels. This resolution will help the rendering and processing of the graphics to be lighter than it could be if we play in 4K, of course. Of course, the screen will be of type LCD, so the new OLED model Switch will be superior in this regard.
All games will be installed from the Steam store, so you can have a very large library if you previously played from PC.
How much does the Steam Deck cost?
The price that Valve has established for its Steam Deck is 419 euros, and it will officially go on sale next December, so it will arrive just in time for the Christmas period. The prices of the different models are as follows:
- 64GB: 419 euros
- 256GB: 549 euros
- 512GB: 679 euros
The console can be reserved from tomorrow, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. (in Spain) and shipments will begin to occur in the month of December (exact date yet to be confirmed). Unfortunately its launch will be limited to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union, and it will not be until 2022 when the regions are expanded.