Steam has formally unveiled Steam Deck, a new handheld gaming PC that lets you play your Steam library of video games portably, and reservations for it are being taken tomorrow ahead of its December 2021 release. Steam partnered with AMD for the handheld’s custom APU, a “Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse” that aims to run new AAA games with a “very efficient power envelope.” You will be able to access your full Steam game library by logging in to the device, and Steam Deck features thumbsticks, trackpads, gyroscopic controls, and a 7″ touchscreen to meet the needs of different types of games. Steam Deck makes the distinction that it is a PC, not a console, so you can install software and “Browse the web, watch streaming video, do your normal productivity stuff, install some other game stores, whatever.” Apparently, that means you can also play Xbox Game Pass games.
Like Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck will also have a dock, so you can prop the handheld up “while connecting to external displays (like a TV), wired networking, USB peripherals, and power.” Alternatively, a powered USB-C hub can be used. It can further make use of Bluetooth and USB-C for your various PC accessories like mouse, keyboard, headphones, or arcade stick. The machine has a 40Wh battery, with quick suspend / resume / sleep features included.
Placing a reservation for Steam Deck
Steam Deck comes at three price points: a 64 GB eMMC with carrying case priced at $399.00, a 256 GB NVMe SSD version for $529.00 that adds in faster storage and an exclusive Steam Community profile bundle, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD version for $649.00 that further adds in premium anti-glare etched glass, an exclusive virtual keyboard theme, and the “fastest storage.” Additionally, you can expand your storage with microSD cards.
At present, the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom will be able to reserve the handheld on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Other regions will have to wait a bit. Reservations are restricted to one unit per customer, and there are some additional processes in place to inhibit scalpers/bots from obtaining units.
IGN has shared some additional details on Steam Deck in a series of videos, one of which is below, if you’re so inclined.
Let us know how you think this new device compares to Nintendo Switch — and if you plan to reserve one. Below are some more specs.