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Steam Deck – Valve Releases Nintendo Switch Competitor

We’ve been seeing a lot of handheld gaming machines the past few days. Most of them are still in the early prototype stages with Indiegogo campaigns set up as they await funding. It was only a matter of time before a mainstream game developer decided to set foot in this industry and create something revolutionary. Well, it’s 2021, and it finally happened. Steam has announced its portable, handheld gaming PC called Steam Deck, and it’s everything you could have hoped for.

Release Date

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Steam Deck was announced earlier this week, and it’ll begin shipping in December 2021. The console is currently in a reservation phase as consumers are now paying $5 per Steam Deck as the holding fee. However, even if you’ve managed to reserve the Steam Deck, there’s no guarantee that you’ll receive yours in December 2021. Valve is already reporting an RTX 3000 series level of demand, and there will be shortages. However, Valve is restricting scalping by only allowing older accounts to reserve a Steam Deck. If you create a new account, you won’t be able to pre-order this console.

Steam Deck Specs

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So, it’s being released by Valve, so we already know it’s going to be good. But, how good is it?

The Steam Deck is being released in three storage variants: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB. The variants cost $399, $529, and $649 respectively. The console will run on an AMD Zen 2 CPU with four cores and eight threads with a maximum clock speed of 3.5 GHz. The Deck comes with an AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 16GBs of LPDDR5 RAM. The screen resolution is 1280 x 800, which might not seem like much, but it looks brilliant on the 7-inch LCD touchscreen.

The Steam Deck definitely looks promising. Valve has claimed that it can run its two main titles, CS:GO and Dota 2, along with popular AAA titles as well. Moreover, it’s just like a PC which means that you can probably run third-party launchers such as Epic Games on the console. Will the Steam Deck be a success or a bust? We’ll wait and see.

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