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Steam Deck: A worthy competitor?

Valve recently announced their new hardware their handheld switch-like gaming device that will ship in December 2021. The console comes in with an AMD APU with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and eight compute units’, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM, with 64GB/256GB/512GB SSD and the ability to expand the storage with the help of a microSD card.

The overall design of the steam deck shows that there are multiple input methods that are available to the user with two thumbsticks, two trackpads beneath the thumbsticks to provide better precision to the user while playing First-Person shooters, the steam deck also has ABXY buttons, a D-Pad, two shoulder trigger buttons, and a 7-inch 1280x800 touchscreen. The device also consists of a gyroscope that allows the user to use motion controls. Most of the features are similar to that of the Nintendo Switch, but unlike the switch, the Steam Deck also has four back buttons along with built-in microphones.

Steam claims that the Steam Deck will last for around 5-6 hours with its 40 watt-hour battery while playing a game like Portal 2 at 30 FPS and when the steam deck is being used to browse the web the device can last up to 7-8 hours.

Steam Deck runs a custom version of Linux developed by Valve named SteamOS which provides the user a quick suspend/resume feature that gets activated when the user puts their device to sleep. Valve is claiming the software to be a new version of SteamOS which has been optimized for the handheld's mobile form factor. The OS is based on Linux and can also run Windows-based games with the help of Proton.

Valve will also be selling a Steam dock separately that would allow the user to connect their Steam Deck to an external display. It is not included in the box because the system comes with USB-C ports which contain HDMI, Ethernet, and USB data as well as standard Bluetooth.

Steam Deck is supposed to be launched in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada in December of this year with other areas to be followed in 2022.

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