Steam Deck

Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of handheld gaming, but it looks like Valve is getting me interested with their Steam Deck. Handheld gaming isn’t particularly new. Starting from the early days of Gameboy to the Switch, handheld gaming is enjoyed by a lot of gamers around the world. Even after the drawbacks, handheld gaming is well suited for travelers and enthusiasts. But what is it that is causing the Steam Deck to take over the internet by storm?

Let’s start with the body of the Deck. The Deck has a size of 29.8 cm X 11.7 cm X 4.9 cm and a weight of 669 grams. Comparing it to a Nintendo Switch, the Deck seems to be bulkier.

For the display, it will have a 7” screen with a resolution of 1280*800, and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. To be honest, even after it sounds bad on paper, it will be better than a higher resolution display, because it will be easier on the hardware, and we really don’t need a higher resolution on a 7” display.

In terms of the ports, there will be a Type C, and thankfully, just thankfully, a headphone jack. The Type C port will have Display Port support, and as far as I know, you’ll also be able to connect the keyboard and mouse, which means you’ll be able to use external displays with the Deck and use it as a full blown PC with peripherals. This will be great for travelers, who will be able to use it as a replacement for a laptop.

The Steam Deck uses a custom Zen 2+ RDNA2 APU that is made by AMD. The CPU consists of 4 cores and 8 threads and has clock speeds between 2.4-3.5 GHz. It has a 1.6 Teraflop GPU. It’s hard to compare the specs with the GPU of a traditional computer, but I think it will be similar to that of a GTX 950. For the memory, the Deck will have 16 gigs of quad-channel LPDDR5 memory. Being optimized for mobile hardware, the quad-channel memory will provide a ton of bandwidth for the APU.

For the storage, the Steam Deck will have 64 GB eMMC, 256 GB NVMe, or 512 GB NVMe depending on the model you purchase. If the storage capacity is too small for you, you still have an expandable micro SD card slot. Not to mention, the default storage will be soldered, which means it won’t be possible to replace it by yourself.

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