Steam Deck Is Valve’s Answer To The Switch, Launches This December
The folks over at Valve are throwing their collective hat into the mobile gaming ring with the announcement of the Steam Deck. A powerful portable PC releasing this December, the Steam Deck comes in three different models with varying options, though they all feature the ability to play through one’s library of Steam games whilst also having the ability to do common PC tasks, such as browsing the web.
As explained on the Steam Deck landing page, there are three versions that will be available for purchase this December. All three versions feature a custom APU that sports an AMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2, which provides “more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope.” A user’s Steam library is accessible from anywhere with the Steam Deck, though there is also a dock sold separately that allows users to connect to external displays, though a USB-C hub can be used as an alternative.
The Steam Deck starts at $399 for the 64GB model, which includes eMMC internal storage and a standard carrying case. The 256GB version sports NVMe SSD storage, comes with a standard carrying case, and also includes an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle. The most expensive option runs for $649 and features a 512GB NVMe SSD storage option, and includes premium anti-glare etched glass, an exclusive carrying case, the previously mentioned Steam Community profile bundle, and an exclusive virtual keyboard theme.
Valve is currently taking paid reservations for when the Steam Deck goes on sale this December, with the fee being put towards the cost of whichever version of the device is chosen. As a neat anti-scalper trick, reservations can only be made by those with a valid Steam account that has made a purchase prior to June 2021. Reservations can be made right here starting on Friday July 16th at 10am PDT.
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