Valve announces handheld gaming device called Steam Deck

Steam Deck
Steam Deck

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Valve just announced the Steam Deck, its Switch-like handheld gaming device. The device will arrive in December. Initially, it will be shipped in the US, Canada, the European Union, and the UK.

Steam Deck packs a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and AMD RDNA 2 graphics. It also includes 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There are three different storage options including 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD, and 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD. It also supports storage expansion.

The device has two thumbsticks Steam Controller-style trackpads, ABXY buttons, and a D-pad. There is also a 7-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen. The gyroscope sensor also allows motion controls. It also has two shoulder triggers on each side, and four back buttons.

The device runs a new version of SteamOS especially designed for handheld use. It also has a built-in quick suspend and resume feature for games. You can also connect the device to an external display and play games at up to 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz.

Valve is also making an official dock with DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and Ethernet ports. It lets you use the Steam Deck as an actual PC.

Steam Deck can offer between two and eight hours gameplay on a single charge. Battery life depends on what kinds of games you play.

The base model of Steam Deck with 64GB of eMMC internal storage is priced at $399. The model with 256GB storage is priced at $529 and the 512GB model costs $649. The dock will be sold separately.

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