Well, it seems that the Nintendo Switch now has real competition. Valve recently announced the new Steam Deck, a new handheld console for your PC that comes with a dock so you can play your games on larger displays.
Valve officially entered the handheld market with the Steam Deck, a handheld PC that can play your Steam PC library anywhere. This new portable console or gaming PC has a 7-inch touch display, trackpads, gyro controls and three different storage options. And you also get enough battery power to play non-stop for up to 8 hours.
Introducing Steam Deck: high-performance, portable PC gaming from $ 399. Designed by Valve, powered by Steam. Shipping December 2021.
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The new Steam Deck looks like a bigger Nintendo Switch console, but offers more as it delivers the power and performance of a full-fledged gaming PC. It runs an optimized version of SteamOS that offers a new console-like interface and easy navigation in the Steam Store and the Steam Library. At the same time, it provides access to a computer desktop that you can use to install any third-party application, including non-Steam games or launcher programs.
In the Steam Deck, you get a custom AMD APU with a 4-core 8-thread CPU, paired with 8 RDNA 2 processing units for the GPU and 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which makes it more powerful than the Nintendo Switch. You also get bluetooth support so you can connect any pair of wireless earbuds to your console.
Now, if you’re interested in a Steam deck, you’ll have to pay $ 399 for the entry-level version with 64GB of storage. The 256 GB variant and the 512 GB memory cost US $ 529 and US $ 649, respectively, with only the last model receiving an anti-reflective, etched glass treatment. But don’t worry, you can also get expandable storage via micro SD cards. Shipping begins December 2021 so you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on one.
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