The Steam Deck’s smooth operation is not due to any special tricks; instead, it’s due to the 720p resolution of the 7-inch screen. Because of the small screen’s low key, the Deck can play games like Jedi: Fallen Order without a hitch, at least according to IGN’s hands-on time with the new machine. The Deck is still a power hog for commuters who do not want to be tied to a wall outlet.
The NVME storage in the 250GB and 512GB models is faster than the SSD in the 64GB model, so there are no other hardware improvements for that price. Because it has a MicroSD slot, you can put everything on an external card instead of using the Deck’s built-in storage. While it’s possible the timing was just a coincidence, the announcement of the Steam Deck coincided with the launch of Switch OLED pre-orders, making it look like a direct punch to Mario’s face. The comparison is a little unfair because a Switch Lite costs about 190 and a regular Switch costs about 270, respectively.
The Steam Deck, on the other hand, does not include a dock by default. The Stream Deck’s greatest strength is its ability to be customized. A wide range of emulators will now be possible, including some that let you play older Nintendo games that have not been ported to the Switch yet.
The most intriguing aspect of The Steam Deck is the potential to use it on the go, download whatever you want from the vast library directly to your The Steam Deck, and play whenever you want. Also, Sony has now entered the PC gaming scene with titles like Days Gone already available and many more on the way, so the Steam Deck will essentially be a Sony handheld.
In terms of SteamOS, Valve claims that it has been extensively reworked for the Deck and is running a significantly improved version of Proton, a piece of software designed to help Linux-based games run smoothly.
“Steam Deck runs a different operating system than your desktop PC. In other words, it’s a new version of SteamOS explicitly tailored for the Steam Deck. It includes Proton, a compatibility layer that eliminates the need for developers to port their games to it.
The good news for developers is that they will not have to go out of their way to make their games work on the new handheld if those claims are valid. You can connect the Deck to a monitor or TV using any USB-C adapter or the official Deck dock that Valve is developing. You will notice a drop in gaming performance when you increase the resolution, but since The Steam Deck is essentially a computer anyway, you can connect your mouse and keyboard and use it for whatever you want.
Steam Deck is an enjoyable entry-level gaming PC that you can use while traveling and then plug into a screen at home to browse the web, watch videos, and perform some simple work tasks, even though it will not be as productive as a more traditional laptop would be. From what we can tell from the images and video, the D-pad and the face buttons are positioned very close to the very edge of the Deck’s top surface.
The Steam Link, Steam Controller, and Steam Machines were all failed attempts by Valve to enter the hardware market. In any case, even if Valve does not continue to support the Deck, you should be able to use it for a long time to play Steam games. PlayStation 5 and Xbox One S/X use AMD hardware, which explains the scarcity of processors for such devices. The possibilities are endless, and this is the most exciting thing to happen to the industry in a long time.
Even though the Switch is a fantastic console that continues to sell in droves, an increasing number of people believe that Nintendo is becoming stagnant, so it’s great to see some competition in the handheld market. I am not sure if the Deck will be as popular as Nintendo’s premier console when it comes to sales and popularity. Even if that does not translate into significant sales, the Stream Deck is still intriguing, exciting, and even a game-changer in the making.