Valve handheld Steam Deck announcement

On July 16th, the portable PC handset Steam Deck of V-Social products was officially announced, and it will be officially released in December this year. This handheld 64GB version price of 399 knives, 256GB version 529 knife, 512GB version 649 knife, is expected to be shipped in December 2021. Steam deck uses custom AMD chips, and V-site announced that the handset can run the latest 3A game.

The device has built-in AMD Van GOGH APU, which includes a quad-core ZEN 2 CPU, 8 threads, and 8 AMD RDNA 2 graphics chips for 8 computers, with 16GB of LPDDR5 memory. According to Valve, there are three different storage options: 64GB EMMC storage price of $ 399; 256GB NVME SSD is stored at $ 529; and 512GB NVME SSD storage is $ 649. You can also use the MicroSD card slot to extend the available storage space.

The details are as follows:

CPU: ZEN 2 4C / 8T, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFLOPS FP32)

GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUS, 1.0-1.6GHz (maximum 1.6 tflops fp32)

APU power consumption: 4-15W

RAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 mt / s)

Storage: 64 GB EMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)

256 GB NVME SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)

512 GB High-Speed ??NVME SSD (PCIe Gen 3 X4)

As a handset, the Steam Deck body has a large number of control options, with two thumb rods, under the thumb rod, there are two small touch panels, ABXY buttons, a D-PAD and a 7-inch touch screen. The device also has a gyroscope for motion control. As with Switch, it has two shoulder triggers on each side, as well as four back buttons (two per side).

Steam Deck’s onboard 40 Watt Battery provides several hours, Valve, “For lighter loads, such as string games, smaller 2D games, or web browsing, you can expect to get the maximum The battery life is about 7-8 hours. “

Valve will also sell a base that can be used to support Steam Deck and insert it into an external display such as a TV. However, you can insert it into your TV if you don’t need to buy a base. If you have a suitable cable.

In terms of software, Steam Deck runs the “new STEAMOS” said by Valve, which optimizes for mobile shape factors. However, the actual operating system is based on Linux and uses Proton as a compatible layer, allowing Windows-based game running without requiring developers to transplant these games specifically for Steam Deck. Of course, finally, Steam Deck is still a mature Linux computer, which means that more technical users can access regular Linux desktops, and can be inserted into the mouse, keyboard, and display, and install other game stores, regular PC software , Browse the web, etc..

Valve pointed out that Steam Deck’s functionality is to simulate regular Steam applications on your desktop, including chat, notifications, cloud saving support, and all your database, collection, and favorites remain synchronized. Valve also provides remote game features, transfer games from the Game Computer to Steam Deck.

Micro-evaluation: Steam Deck is based on Steam OS system, in essence, based on Linux, which requires the game manufacturer to develop the corresponding Steam OS game version. At present, the 3A masterpiece in the Steam store has not supported the STEAM OS version.

If the game manufacturer is optimized for Steam Deck, it takes a lot of cost. If STEAM DECK has few users, it is better to develop a Switch version more cost-effective. Moreover, many users have purchased a Windows version of the game, and the development of Steam Deck version of the game is not available to more money.