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Steam Deck: everything we know about Valve’s laptop | Digital Trends Spanish

Just days after Nintendo announced the OLED Switch – causing disappointment among fans, who were expecting a major overhaul of the console with more powerful hardware – Valve announced the Steam deck, a laptop similar to the device of Japanese origin, but with such powerful specifications that it could well rival tabletop consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.

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We say that the Steam Deck is like a Switch because it can be connected to a TV or a monitor, either with a docking station (which will be sold separately) or with a USB HUB. Is the Steam Deck the end of the Nintendo Switch? We doubt it, but we do believe that with good distribution, marketing support, and decent aftermarket support, the Steam Deck could be Valve’s first successful hardware.

Wondering how much the Steam Deck will cost, how many versions will there be, or how to buy one? We tell you everything we know about the Steam deck, so that you decide if you should buy one or not.

Steam Deck: price and release date

The Steam Deck is a portable video game console, although Valve prefers to promote it as a laptop. Truth be told, it is, but we’ll talk about that later. Primarily works with titles of the Steam store (a platform to buy games for PC), although you can also play using the ones you buy on platforms such as the Epic Game Store or GOG. Of course, you will have to download them on the console, so there will be no physical versions, such as the cards or cartridges of the Nintendo Switch.

The price of the Steam Deck ranges from $ 400 to $ 650. The difference is because there will be three models: 64GB eMMC storage, for $ 400; 256GB NVMe SSD, for $ 530; and 512GB NVMe SSD, for $ 650. How important is the type of memory? Without going into technicalities, Steam Decks with NVMe SSD storage will have shorter load times than those with eMMC.

The Steam Deck will be available from December 2021. However, it can be reserved in advance starting July 16 for just $ 5. With this deposit, Valve will notify you when you can pay the rest in advance and receive it sometime in December.

Steam Deck: How to Pre-Order Valve’s Handheld Console

To reserve a Steam Deck you must go to the Steam page dedicated to the laptop. Afterwards, you must log in with a Steam account and choose which model you want to reserve.

However, you should consider that you can only move the console away if you live in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union. Pity, gamer Latin American, you’re going to have to wait for 2022.

Also, and we celebrate this to Valve, you can only reserve one Steam Deck per account (a movement to inhibit resale), which also had to have made a purchase before June 2021.

Steam Deck: what are its specifications

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We are not exaggerating when we say that the Steam Deck rivals in terms of specifications with the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. Although the screen has barely a higher resolution than HD, connected to a television or monitor it is capable of displaying 4K graphics at 120 fps or 8K at 60 fps.

Since it is a PC console laptop, we judge crucial to know how long the battery lasts. Valve ensures that it renders between two and eight hours of play. Why the variation? You will surely have two hours with Doom Eternal at 60 fps and eight with Limbo (the one that you will also surely finish before).

Components (edit) specs
Screen 7 ″ 1280 x 800 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio) and 60 Hz refresh rate
Dimensions 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight 669 grams approx.
Storage 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (4 x PCIe Gen 3)
512GB High Speed ​​NVMe SSD (4 x PCIe Gen 3)
*All models include a high-speed microSD card slot.
CPU: Zen 2 4c / 8t, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1-1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
Video output 8K up to 60 Hz or 4K up to 120 Hz
Speakers Stereo with onboard DSP for an immersive sound experience
Sensors Two trackpads and gyroscope
Drums 40 Wh. 2-8 hours of play

How do those specifications translate into actual use? Valve contends that the components are sufficient “to run the latest AAA games in highly efficient surround power.” We think that statement means that you will see titles like Star Wars: Jedia Fallen Order Y Doom Eternal at a solid 60fps in handheld mode. Take that, Nintendo Switch.

Will Steam Deck have Windows 11?

No start. According to Valve, when you fire up your Steam Deck you’ll find a version of SteamOS “optimized for a portable gaming experience.” That means the Steam Deck will have access to your Steam library and according to Valve, the process to start playing will be as simple as logging in and downloading the titles you want to play.

However, in a conversation with the American media IGN, Valve confirmed that Windows will be able to be installed on the Steam Deck. It remains to be seen how stable Microsoft’s operating system is on the console, but if this promise works as well as it sounds, it means you could also have Xbox Game Pass on the Steam Deck.

How the Steam Deck Dock Works

The Steam Deck will have a dock like the one on the Nintendo Switch. Valve calls it a “docking station” and it will feature three USB A ports, one 3.1 and two 2.0, an Ethernet connector, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DisplayPort 1.4. The power supply will be via USB-C. You can also use a USB Hub as a docking station for your Steam Deck. We still don’t know which ones will be compatible.

What the Steam Deck controls look like

Don’t expect detachable controls like the ones on the Nintendo Switch. We know that from the context in which the Steam Deck was introduced, the comparisons are natural, but while they are both video game machines, they are quite different. That said, the Steam Deck is a one-piece console and its controls don’t come apart. At each end there is a directional lever or joystick and below them a trackpad which is presumed to be useful in video games where navigation is done using a mouse.

Valve promises that you can connect all kinds of peripherals, from a mouse and keyboard to an arcade controller.

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