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Valve’s awaited gaming device Steam Deck is announced!

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Valve announced the handheld gaming device that will attract the attention of players. The name of the device, which was previously rumored to be “Steam Pal”, is Steam Deck. Powered by AMD Zen 2 and an RDNA 2-based chipset, this device looks like a portable small PC.

Steam Deck will run with Valve’s Linux Arch-based SteamOS 3.0 operating system, and thanks to the “Proton” compatibility layer, it will be possible to play Windows games without any problems. Valve says that any program and game can be installed on this device, other operating systems can be used virtually, and any peripherals can be attached to the device.

The device has LAN, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 and 3 USB Type-A ports (1x USB-A 3.1 and 2x USB-A 2.0). In addition, the device optionally supports a dock using the USB-C port. Thanks to this dock, the Steam Deck will be able to be connected to a monitor or TV.

Steam Deck’s technical specifications

  • Processor: AMD APU 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: 16GB LPDDR5 (5500 MT/s)
  • Storage:
    • 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
    • 256GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
    • 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)

(All models include high-speed microSD card slot)

  • Display: 7″, 60Hz, 400 nits LCD Touchscreen @1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 & Dual-band Wi-Fi radio (2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Battery: 40Whr battery (2 – 8 hours of gameplay)
  • Operating system: SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)

Steam Deck price and pre-order contents

64GB eMMC – $399

  • Carrying case

256GB NVMe SSD – $529

  • Carrying case
  • Faster storage
  • Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle

512GB NVMe SSD – $649

  • Exclusive carrying case
  • Fastest storage
  • Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle
  • Exclusive virtual keyboard theme
  • Premium anti-glare etched glass

Steam Deck is available to reserve as of July 16, 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, for a $5 reservation fee and only one Steam Deck can be purchased per customer.

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