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Old 07-15-21, 12:45 PM
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Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

A portable Steam device that looks like a Nintendo Switch .

https://store.steampowered.com/steamdeck




specs...
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Compute

Processor
AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM
16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage
64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

Gamepad controls
A B X Y buttons
D-pad
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks
2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
Haptics
HD haptics
Trackpads
2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro
6-Axis IMU

Display

Resolution
1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
Type
Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability
Display size
7" diagonal
Brightness
400 nits typical
Refresh rate
60Hz
Touch enabled
Yes
Sensors
Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

Channels
Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Microphones
Dual microphone array
Headphone / mic jack
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
Digital
Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0

Power

Input
45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
Battery
40Whr battery. 2 - 8 hours of gameplay

Expansion

microSD
UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
External connectivity for
controllers & displays
USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Size and Weight

Size
298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight
Approx. 669 grams

Software

Operating System
SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
Desktop
KDE Plasma



Dock sold separately
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Expansion

Peripherals
1 x USB-A 3.1 Port
2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports
Networking
Ethernet
External displays
DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0

Power

Input
USB-C Power Delivery passthrough input
Deck connection
6" USB-C captive cable with low profile 90į connector

Size and Weight

Size
117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm
Weight
Approx. 120 grams


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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Whoa. That could be a game-changer.

I wonder how the base model is for performance, or if you really need at least the mid-level to play most games.
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Old 07-15-21, 12:55 PM
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

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Whoa. That could be a game-changer.

I wonder how the base model is for performance, or if you really need at least the mid-level to play most games.
Does performance go up with the models? It looks like it's more (and faster) storage and other things like the glass on the screen.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

I think I will pick up a mid-level one. Seems like the sweet spot between price and functionality.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

That seems like a pretty shitty screen for the specs of that, resolution-wise.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

I’ve heard you all mention Stream, mostly in the Game Deals thread. But not being a hardcore gamer anymore, could someone explain why this could be a game changer? Mostly due to competition for the Switch? Better game variety?
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Huge library of very cheap games, most of which we already own in our libraries. That would be a portable system with almost infinite number of games.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

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Iíve heard you all mention Stream, mostly in the Game Deals thread. But not being a hardcore gamer anymore, could someone explain why this could be a game changer? Mostly due to competition for the Switch? Better game variety?
Huge variety plus a lot of us already own a ton of games on Steam which will work on this. Play portable on this then pick up at the same spot when you're back at your PC...etc.

The library of indie games on Steam make this worth the purchase, IMO.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

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Iíve heard you all mention Stream, mostly in the Game Deals thread. But not being a hardcore gamer anymore, could someone explain why this could be a game changer? Mostly due to competition for the Switch? Better game variety?
it's not the only place to buy PC games these days, but it's the leader with like 90% of the marketshare. Basically... if you buy PC games, they're more than likely going to be in your Steam library. That's it. Think of it like your phone's app store, but for PC games. Everything in one place.

Games are often on sale, but not always. People do pay full price for PC games on Steam.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

"Steam" not "Stream" though "Streaming" will probably be a big part of this
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

If you have a game not purchased from Steam (but available on Steam) will it be playable on this device?
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Originally Posted by bahgee View Post
If you have a game not purchased from Steam (but available on Steam) will it be playable on this device?
How would you load it?
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

They said you can install the Epic Game Store, uPlay, and Origin. So it'll have more than just your actual Steam library available.

Those of us who got Watch Dogs and/or Valhalla for free for PC hardware purchases look to be in luck.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Originally Posted by bahgee View Post
If you have a game not purchased from Steam (but available on Steam) will it be playable on this device?
Yes :

Steam Deck – Software and OS

The Steam Deck will draw immediate comparisons to the Nintendo Switch, but while it might look like a handheld console, Valve’s device really does have more in common with a desktop gaming PC when it comes to its capabilities. The Steam Deck runs a custom version of Steam OS that gives you a console-like experience on the surface without having to worry about things like drivers or setup, but under the hood is a full-blown PC for those that want the freedom to go deeper. The OS is built on Proton, a version of Linux that supports both Windows and Linux games and applications.

This flexibility means you can do pretty much anything on the Steam Deck that you can do with a regular PC. Connect a mouse and keyboard? Yep. Alt-Tab out of your games to a browser or video? Sure. Load third-party programs or even other game stores like Origin, uPlay, or Epic Games Store? No problem. You could even wipe Steam OS entirely and install a fresh version of Windows if you want – but the default Steam OS is smooth and efficient at getting you into your games, so I imagine most people won’t want or need to go that far. The point is, you can if you’d like to.

“We don't think people should be locked into a certain direction or a certain set of software that they can install,” Valve designer Lawrence Yang told IGN. “If you buy a Steam Deck, it's a PC. You can install whatever you want on it, you can attach any peripherals you want to it. Maybe a better way to think about it is that it's a small PC with a controller attached as opposed to a gaming console.”
IGN's Hands-On Impressions
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Their timing worked. This announcement made me completely forget that Switch Oled was going up for pre-order today an hour ago.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

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If you have a game not purchased from Steam (but available on Steam) will it be playable on this device?
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Oh, I missed that bit. That does make this a bit more interesting for sure.
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Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
"Steam" not "Stream" though "Streaming" will probably be a big part of this
Ha, yes - STEAM. Typo. Well this could potentially be pretty neat. I think I collected some games from when you all put up announcements on free games, but I donít game on my PC. I would play on this.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

2-8 hour battery life?

Interesting.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

but can it play Crysis???
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

This is pretty cool. I donít use Steam as Iím not one for PC gaming, but I really like handhelds. I could see being interested in a device like this, and trying out some PC titles, as well as it would be fun to to revisit some older titles I played back in the day. May be something I consider picking up in the future.
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Don't know if I have a desire to play my games on a handheld even though I have a truckload of indie games in my Steam library but that still pretty cool.

Reservations start tomorrow. In an effort to curtail scalping, in order to place a reservation during the first 48 hours you must have made a previous purchase on Steam prior to June. That's also pretty cool.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Are you guys getting the $399 one or a more expensive version?
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

I have a number of games on steam, but since we only have Macs at home, some arenít playable. I would consider picking this up. Plus, I love handhelds.
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Re: Steam Deck - Dec 2021 - $399, $529, and $649

Since it's only targeting 1280x800, performance should actually be pretty decent... But if you're docking it to use on a TV, I can see how it might not perform nearly as well, but I think portable mode will be used far more often with this thing.

Still... I'm waiting for some real reviews in December. Maybe Deck 2.0.
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I'll have to wait for performance reviews. I have a 4 year old laptop that I use for gaming when I travel with a 1060 Max, it's starting to show its age a bit but I'm assuming it's still stronger than these things.

I do wonder if this will push more developers to finally get native Linux support in their titles.
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