Valve unveils Steam Deck, a portable console with stunning features

Playing your PC games from anywhere will soon be a possibility. Valve has just unveiled the Steam Deck, a portable console with the look of Nintendo Switch, capable of running all the games in the Steam catalog.

Expected for a few weeks now, the portable console from Valve is official. The video game giant discreetly unveiled, on July 15, 2021, the Steam Deck, a portable console capable of running all the games available on Steam.

Valve’s imposing portable console // Source: Valve

The device sports a look similar to the Nintendo Switch with a large 7-inch screen framed by two joysticks, a directional pad and a few buttons. But according to Valve, its console offers much more power than the Nintendo console and an extremely dense game catalog since all the titles available on Steam, the company’s online store, are also available on the Steam Deck. The accessory is actually a computer built by Valve for the sole purpose of playing Steam games on the go.

Technical characteristics

In terms of technical characteristics, we find:

  • A 7-inch IPS display (1280 x 800 px)
  • AN AMD Zen 2 processor (2.4-3.5GHz)
  • An AMD RDNA 2 graphics card (1.0-1.6GHz)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 64/256 or 512 GB of storage
  • A 40 Whr battery (2 to 8 hours of autonomy)
  • One USB-C port for charging

The console doesn’t come with Windows, as one might expect, but with Valve’s home OS, SteamOS 3.0 (Linux-based). Valve guarantees, however, that all Steam games will run smoothly on its console thanks to an emulator that does not require ” no work from developers “.

The console will be able to run all Steam games // Source: Valve

Prices and availability

The possibilities offered by the Steam Deck are quite impressive. If the console keeps its promises and is really capable of running “lThe latest AAA games without any problem ”, Then Valve’s accessory would undoubtedly be the most powerful portable console on the market, in addition to having access to a massive catalog of games. Connectable to a computer screen through a dock, the Steam Deck could replace a gaming PC for people who want to play on a PC without the hassle of a dedicated tower.

The main buttons of the SteamDeck // Source: Valve

The Steam Deck will be officially commercially available from december 2021. The device will cost 419 euros in its basic version (549 euros for the 256 GB version and 679 euros for the 512 GB version). Those in a hurry can reserve a copy from Friday July 16 at 7 p.m. (French time).

The SteamDeck can be connected to a screen thanks to its dock // Source: Valve
The SteamDeck will be compatible with the different accessories // Source: Valve

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