Valve has found a response to the success of the Nintendo Switch by creating its own version of a portable gaming system. Arguably one of the most ambitious as it aims to make almost any game in your PC's Steam library playable on the portable device. Here is all the information you need to know about Valves Steam Deck, including its release date, cost, and specs.
When is the Steam Deck coming out?
The Steam Deck was originally slated for a holiday 2021 release, though it has since been delayed as ongoing hardware shortages forced Valve to delay the release. The Steam Deck is now slated for a February 2022 release, and Valve has confirmed that they are still on track to release this version. However, this date actually refers to when pre-orders will start shipping. If you were to order a Steam Deck now, Valve says your order won't ship until after the second quarter of 2022. This is due to the reservation mechanism Valve has put in place to counter scalpers.
Related: How to Pre-Order a Steam Deck
What are the Steam Deck specs?
While its specs don't rival those of a desktop computer, they're still quite impressive given that plenty of power fits in the palm of your hands. The specs speak for themselves and this portable device clearly has a lot to say. Below is the complete summary of the technical specifications.
|Steam Bridge Specifications|
|Number of cores||4 cores/8 wires|
|processor clock speed||2,4-3,5 GHz|
|But by the full GPU acceleration tech||ADN AMD 2|
|GPU Compute Units||8|
|GPU clock speed||1-1,6 GHz|
|RAM||16 GB LPDDR% @ 5 5 MT/s 000-bit quad-channel|
|Warehousing||eMMC 64 Go / SSD NVMe 256 Go / SSD NVMe 512 Go|
|Displays and Signage||7 inch LCD touch screen|
|Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|the audio||Stereo speakers, 3,5mm jack, two microphones, USB Type-C/Bluetooth|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support|
|Size||11,7 x 4,6 x 1,8 inches (298 x 117 x 49mm)|
|Weight||Approximately 1,47 lbs (669 grams)|
How much does the Steam Deck cost?
As with most technology these days, the price of the system depends solely on how much storage you want. The more storage you want, the higher the price will be and vice versa. Below are the three versions of the Steam Deck and their individual prices.
- $399 for the 64GB version
- $529 for the 256GB version
- $649 USD for the 512 GB version
The two more expensive versions of the system have the superior NVMe SSD storage, while the cheaper option uses a 64GB eMMC storage solution. The SSD options will be the faster of the two, but according to Valve, the difference is minimal. Finally, all three systems will have the option to expand their storage via MicroSD.
There you have it, that's everything you need to know about the Steam Deck, including its release date, price, and specs. Those wishing to get more information or place an order for the Steam Deck can do so on the Steam Store.
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