Yes, it’s true, Valve has created a handheld gaming PC called Steam Deck, and it’s coming in December starting at $399.
The PC comes with an AMD APU fitted with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and eight compute units’ worth of AMD RDNA 2 graphics, along with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There are three storage options for the device: The 64GB eMMC storage version for $399, a 256GB NVMe SSD storage version for $529, and a 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD storage version for $649. The device will also have a MicroSD slot for expandable storage.
The screen is a 7-inch 1280×800 touchscreen for a 720p display and is equipped with ABXY buttons, a D-pad, two thumbsticks, two trackpads, shoulder triggers, and four back buttons (two on each side). There’s even a gyroscope in the device for possible motion controls. There are also built-in speakers, a microphone, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth audio.
As for battery life, the Steam Deck is equipped with a 40-watt hour battery. The battery is capable of several hours of gameplay, however, for lighter uses like game streaming, smaller 2D games, and surfing the web you can get up to seven to eight hours of screen time.
Stream Deck comes with the SteamOS, which is Linux-based, however, it feels like Windows. The device’s USB-C port carries HDMI, Ethernet, and USB data and can connect to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard if you want to take things to your desk.
For $5, you can reserve your place in line to buy a Steam Deck this winter by visiting the official website here.
IGN was fortunate to get its hands on an early version of the PC. Check out the video below: