Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC out in December

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    Valve has unveiled its latest handheld gaming PC called the Steam Deck, which has long been rumored to be the publisher’s answer to the Nintendo Switch—or perhaps better.

    The gaming beast is powered by an AMD APU that, according to The Verge, contains a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and eight compute units’ worth of AMD RDNA 2 graphics.

    “We partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck’s custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It is a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope,” the company writes on Steam’s website.

    The Steam Deck runs on the latest version of SteamOS, which has the capacity to install and run third party softwares. “Once you’ve logged into Steam Deck, your entire Steam Library shows up, just like any other PC,” the company added.

    Similar to the upcoming OLED Switch, the Steam Deck sports a 7-inch touchscreen. The difference is that the latter has a 1280 x 800 resolution, while the former has, well, 720p.

    The Steam Deck provides players with more precision in first-person shooters (and more) with its numerous control options—two thumbsticks, which are designed for “extended play session,” plus two small trackpads right beneath the thumbsticks.

    Just beside the right thumbstick are the ABXY triggers, while the D-pad is located beside the left thumbstick. What’s more, the device also has a gyroscope for motion controls. Like the Switch, it has two shoulder triggers on each side, and there are four back buttons (two on each side).

    Valve developer Pierre-Loup Griffais also said in his interview with IGN that the new device will be equipped with a built-in mic for multiplayer games.

    Valve also notes that you’ll be able to plug in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and install other game stores, regular PC software, browse the web, and more.

    As for battery life, “It’s about 2-8 hours, depending on what you’re doing,” he said. “You can play Portal 2 for four hours on this thing. If you limit it to 30 FPS, you’re going to be playing for 5-6 hours.”

    The Steam Deck comes with three different storage tiers: 64GB for $400 (~P20,100), 256GB for $530 (~P26,700), and 512GB with an anti-glare etched glass screen for $650 (P32,700).

    Reservation for the device is only available in the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom. And it comes in two phases: one is for reservation of slots in the pre-order queue, and another for the actual pre-ordering of the device.

    Reservations for a slot in the pre-order queue will open on July 16, at 1:00 p.m. ET on the Steam Deck website. A reservation fee of $5 will be required from customers, which will then be deducted from the total sale price when customers are about to pre-order the device.

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