Valve made a splash last week when it unveiled the Steam Deck handheld PC that lets you take your Steam library with you on the go. It’s not the only handheld that has made headlines lately, as Nintendo has also announced a new Nintendo Switch model with an OLED screen.
The two devices are relatively close in price ($ 400 for the basic Steam Deck and $ 350 for the OLED switch), and that made us wonder which one you would actually buy. This is how you voted in this poll.
Would you buy the Nintendo Switch OLED or Steam Deck?
We released the poll on Friday, July 16, and at the time of writing it had over 2,700 votes tallied. And the winner is the Steam Deck with a landslide. Over three quarters of those surveyed said they would buy Valve’s upcoming handheld via the OLED switch.
The comments suggest that there are some important reasons for users to choose the PC-based handheld. Those reasons include your existing PC games library, rather than creating a new library from scratch, and the Switch’s aging internals. We could also see that the PC-based nature is very attractive to some compared to the locked Nintendo ecosystem.
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Almost a quarter of respondents (23.5%) say that they will pick up the Nintendo Switch OLED instead. None of the comments reflected this choice, but we suspect that the lower price, some killer exclusives (e.g. Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Breath of the Wild, etc.) and the OLED panel are reasons to buy the Nintendo handheld.
Even so, it seems like you can’t go wrong with either option if you want a high quality portable gaming experience.
- Tennis freak: I’ve already placed my pre-order for a Steam Deck. Mid-range model with 256 GB of storage. Don’t pay $ 400 for an outdated, underperforming, 4+ year old handheld.
- Alex: Well, Steam Deck is an interesting concept, but not really in the same market as the Switch. Steam Deck has a ton of titles, all of which are made for the PC, and most of them are made with no or no regard to controllers as no PC gamer actually uses a controller. I would really wait and see if this concept gains momentum. If I were on Steam I would create a separate collection of games that are Steam Deck certified and a certification process to ensure a seamless experience on the deck.
- Joe Black: How about both of them?
Thank you for taking our survey and leaving a comment. What do you think of Steam Deck and OLED Switch? Let us know below.