Valve launches Steam Deck, a $400 PC gaming portable – ClearTips

A new challenger has emerged in the gaming hardware category. Game distribution giant Valve today announced the launch of Steam Deck, a $399 gaming portable designed to take PC games on the go.

The handheld (which has echoes of many portable gaming rigs from years past) has a seven-inch screen and runs on a quad-core Zen 2 CPU, coupled with AMD RDNA 2 graphics and 16GB of RAM. Storage runs from 64GB to 512GB, with the latter price going up to $649. The built-in storage can be expanded via microSD.

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Naturally, this thing is made for Valve’s wildly popular Steam platform (it’s right there in the name, after all). Users log into their Steam account and their library – and friends list – are there, ready to go. There’s even a dedicated Steam button.

The system has been rumored for some time now, but it enters the world during a rapidly evolving era for gaming. Essentially the company is hoping to beat the accepted graphical limitations of Nintendo’s Switch (OLED or not), while still working to gain a foothold in the form of cloud-based gaming from companies like Microsoft. Because they deal with latency and other technical limitations. The Nvidia Shield is portable too – though we haven’t heard from that project for too long.

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Flanking the 1280 x 800 touchscreen is the trackpad and a pair of thumb sticks. A built-in gyroscope also uses movement to control the gaming experience. There’s a single USB-C port for charging, connecting to peripherals and the larger screen, while the 40Wh battery promises between 7-8 hours of gameplay, according to Valve’s numbers.

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The system is up for preorder now and starts shipping this December, just in time for the holidays.

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