15 August 2021 12:00 Technologies

The handhelds market has gone mostly quiet ever since Sony’s PS Vita lost the battle to Nintendo’s wondrous handheld device—the Switch. In any case, there’s a new kid on the block in the handheld market: Valve. Valve has made its debut in the console market in the form of a handheld device.

I want to start by saying that the Valve Steam Deck is the most capable handheld gaming gadget ever made. Many Nintendo Switch fans have compared it to the Switch, but we feel that it is exceptionally different, because the Steam Deck is a powerful beast and way more than just another handheld gaming console. The Steam Deck is a whole personal computer in a tiny, compact, and portable device! Keep reading for all the points of interest on the cutting-edge handheld gadget by Valve!

SPECIFICATIONS: The Valve Steam Deck has an AMD Zen 2 processor, with an overall clock speed of 2.4-to-3.5 GHz with four cores and eight threads.

The proficient AMD RDNA 2 GPU it includes has a total of eight computing units and a 1-to-1.6 GHz clock speed, which will guarantee your games run at maximum power in spite of the handheld’s restrictive estimates!

Valve’s Steam Deck incorporates a total of 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM, adjacent to a limited 64 GB eMMC capacity storage space with the cheapest version and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD capacity storage space inside the more costly varieties.

It comprises a pleasant, not too bad 40 watt-per-hour battery; it’ll provide you with a total of eight hours of persistent gaming.

The display is not too bad; it has a 1280 by 800 pixel LCD screen with a 7-inch touchscreen!

The Valve Steam Deck also incorporates the most common handheld mainstay features such as Bluetooth pairing, a 3.5-mm earphone jack with a built-in amplifier, a miniaturized scale SD card opening, and a built-in USB Type-C charging system.

The specifications for this handheld are quite good and, somehow, seem to be even better than the incredibly powerful Sony PlayStation 5!

RELEASE DATE: The Valve Steam Deck will formally be reaching retail stores near you around mid-to-late December of 2021. If you have reserved a Steam Deck, I hope that you entered the correct specifications you wanted because you’re not going to be able to get one with different hardware once you’ve reserved.

PARTING WORDS: If I’m being candid, I’ll admit it is not going to be a simple task to acquire a Steam Deck—at least not at the present. The reservations (which cost $5 per Steam Deck) have, as of now, concluded a week ago; most of those spots had probably been purchased already. Moreover, there’s a persistent progressing chip deficiency that’s stopping the fabrication of all sorts of computing hardware, including gaming consoles, GPUs for PCs and other devices, and, of course, handhelds as well. Not to state the obvious, but scalpers are hoarding tons of stock in every single category just to upscale the prices and sell them for triple the normal retail amount. It’s a whole situation that we won’t get into, but the point is that it will be difficult to buy the Steam Deck. Trying to obtain this handheld device outside of the reservation window will turn out to be an arduous task, that’s for sure.

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