In what is definitely one of the biggest surprises announcements of the year, Valve has announced a portable gaming PC which looks set to take on the Switch directly.
The Steam Deck launches this December and features a custom SoC that Valve developed with AMD for the unit. From a control perspective, the unit features all of the modern features you would expect including triggers, bumpers, and paddles built into the back of the unit.
The screen itself is a 7″ touchscreen, while the unit also features touchpads, gyro controls, and capacitive thumbsticks which Valve claims are more intuitive than standard thumbsticks. In terms of battery life, the Steam Deck features a 40wh battery which Valve says provides several hours of battery life.
Here are the full details and specs:
There are three variations of the Steam Deck though all three feature the same core hardware. The difference is primarily storage and a few niceties which you can find below. Similar to the Switch, the SD storage is expandable.
For those wondering, there is also a dock that can be used to connect to external screens, USB peripherals, and more. Valve also answered many FAQs via this page.
We didn’t expect this but it looks like a really solid unit and pulling from existing Steam libraries is excellent for players. It will be very interesting to see how the market responds to a more expensive handheld in the Switch space.