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Valve launches the Steam Deck console

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Valve launches the Steam Deck. The handheld gaming console runs on SteamOS 3.0, capable of playing games from Steam.

The console was announced last year, and now it’s finally available for orders in select markets.

Steam Deck launch

For those not familiar with the device, the Steam Deck is a handheld console, built to play games from Steam. It has a large 7-inch touchscreen IPS display, along with a d-pad, two analog sticks, trigger buttons on the shoulders, and ABXY buttons. There also are programable buttons at the back, and in front, and perhaps its most interesting feature — two square touchpads.

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On the hardware side, the console is powered by an AMD APU based on the Zen 2 architecture and a GPU based on the RDNA2 architecture. It has 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and three storage options — 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD, and 512GB High-Speed NVMe SSD. All models come with a microSD card slot.

Steam Deck launch

The Steam Deck runs on Valve’s own SteamOS 3.0, based on Arch Linux. Not all games are compatible at this point, but there are already a handful available. You can check their compatibility page for details.

The console also has a dock accessory (sold separately) that allows users to connect peripherals such as a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The dock comes with a USB-C port, a Display Port, HDMI, a USB-C power port, an ethernet port, a USB-A 3.1, and two USB-A 2.0.

Steam Deck launch

As for the price, Steam Deck is priced at USD 399 (around ~Php 20,500) for the 64GB variant, USD 529 (~Php 27,200) for the 256GB variant, and USD 649 for the 512GB variant. The handheld gaming console is coming to select regions, starting in the US, Canada, the UK, and other countries in Europe.

Also Read: New Nintendo Switch with OLED display announced

Unfortunately, no Steam Deck yet for the Philippines. But hopefully, it gets picked up by local gaming stores.

Steam Deck specs

Display 7-inch Touchscreen IPS Display, 1280 x 800, 16:10 Aspect Ratio, 60Hz Refresh Rate, 400 Nits
ProcessorAMD APU Zen 2
GPU8 RDNA2 CUs
RAM16GB RAM, LPDDR5
Storage64GB eMMC / 256GB NVMe SSD / 512GB High Speed NVMe SSD
MicroSD Card Slot
ConnectivityWi-Fi AC MIMO, Dual Band, Bluetooth 5
ControlsD-pad, ABXY Buttons, Thumbsticks, 2x Square Trackpads, L/R Triggers, L/R Bumpers, View & Menu Buttons, 4x Grip Buttons, Dedicated Steam Button
OthersStereo Speakers, Dual Mics, USB-C, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
OSSteamOS 3.0, Arch Linux
Battery40Whr Battery up to 8 hours of Gameplay, 45W Charging

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