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Steam’s Handmade Console – What is Steam Deck?

You know that Steam is one of the biggest gaming platforms. A few days ago, Valve introduced is game console. It’s Steam Deck. Actually, it’s more accurate to call it a handheld computer, because it’s more than a console. This move of Valve company made a big impact in the game market. It was expected to be introduced 3 months ago, but it was postponed to these days. Now we can take a look at Steam Deck. Let’s get started then.

 

What is Steam Deck?

Steam Deck is a game console introduced by Valve on February 25, 2022. If we look at the hardware features, there is a collaboration with AMD. The device comes with AMD APU. Device CPU is Zen 2 and has a 4 Cores/8 Thread and 2.4GHz – 3.5GHz clock-speeds. CPU gives a performance of 448 GFLOPs in tests. GPU is AMD custom, specs are 8 RDNA 2 CUs with a variable frequency of 1.0-1.6 GHz. GPU gives a performance of 1.6 TFLOPs in tests. Benchmarks are seriously good, and Valve claims it’s the most powerful console. If the RAM of device is on-board 16 GB LPDDR5. APU TDP is between 4-15W.

 

There are 3 different models for storage space. 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1), 256GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4) and 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4). All variants use socketed 2230 M.2 modules and includes high-speed (UHS-I support) microSD (SD, SDXC and SDHC) card slot.

If we look at the device design and screen, it has a 7″ screen. Device’s display panel is IPS LCD – 1280×800 (16:10) – 60Hz and touchpad supported. Screen brightness value is 400 nits.

Device sizes is 298mm x 117mm x 49mm and weight is approx. 669 grams. Device controls are as follows: A B X Y buttons, D-Pad, L & R analog triggers, L & R bumpers, View & Menu buttons, 4 x assignable grip buttons. Moreover, 2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch and includes HD haptics. Trackpads is 2 x 32.5mm square designed, device also have a 6-Axis Gyroscope. Completely designed for gaming.

Steam Deck has a 40Wh battery, it charges 45W power with USB Type-C and PD 3.0 technology. It gives up to 8 hours of gameplay. In the connectivity, device has a Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz-5GHz) support. Bluetooth works with controllers, accessories and audio. And console has a stereo speakers with embedded DSP, dual-microphone and 3.5mm jack.

Device can also be connected to another screen, that is, you can turn the device completely into a computer, this is very good. Steam Deck supports Display Port 1.4 with USB-C up to [email protected] [email protected] and works with USB 3.2 Gen 2 technology.

Device software is SteamOS 3.0. Valve introduced SteamOS 2013 December. previously it was a Debian-based Linux Distro. However, SteamOS 3.0 is based on Arch Linux. SteamOS still used KDE Plasma DE (desktop environment).

SteamOS 3.0 with KDE Plasma environment

Steam Deck prices is 64GB model 399$, 256GB model 529$ and 512GB model 649$. But only available United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom, for now. It will be available in other regions at a later date.

Extra – Docking Station

There is also the “Docking Station”, which is sold separately to be compatible with the device. To explain briefly, it is a simple dock to duplicate the ports of the device. Dock has a 3 x USB-A (supports USB 3.1), Ethernet, DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0. Docks power input is USB-C PD passthrough. But unfortunately it hasn’t been released yet, the company said it will recognize it in the spring of 2022.

 

As a result, it looks like the Valve company has done a really ambitious job. We’ll see if it can rival other game consoles. Stay tuned to be aware of the agenda and learn new things.

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