Valve Announces Their Handheld Steam Deck, Preorders Start Tomorrow

Steam Deck

A new fighter has entered the arena! Valve is releasing their own handheld PC that is due to be the first big competitor to Nintendo’s Switch. This December, Valve’s very own handheld PC Steam Deck will arrive.

Valve describes some of the hardware included in their mobile gaming device, saying: “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.”

The new processor was co-developed by AMD and is optimized for handheld using AMD’s Zen 2 and RDNA 2 architecture, and sports 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The Steam Deck will be available with 64GB, 256GB, or 512gb of storage, which can be increased with micro-SD cards.

Valve has included a 7” LCD touchscreen with controls on either side. The Steam Deck features the analog sticks, buttons, and triggers you’d see on a controller, but also features two track pads like the Steam controller we saw years ago. Another addition to the device is a gyro sensor, which puts this in line with the features from Nintendo’s console.

Steam Deck isn’t just any gaming console so it is set up to be docked and used like a regular computer and the dock will be sold separately. The unit does include USB-C port that can be utilized for a monitor, mouse and keyboard, or even multiple controllers to be plugged in at the same time. Valve says you can use your everyday PC applications on this mini-computer, but do keep in mind that it won’t run windows right out of the box, but instead will run on Steam’s PC OS.

The impressive Steam Deck is up for preorder starting tomorrow, July 16, starting at $399. Valve is expecting the units to start shipping this December.

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