The Portable PC Competitor – Steam Deck


By: Philip Do, Journalist

On the 15th of July, Valve announced the brand new Steam Deck. Steam is a digital game distribution service. It features Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a Type-C display port that can steam 8k at 60Hz or 4k at 120Hz. But one of the largest features of the Steam Deck is being able to use your Steam account for games. Some special controls of the Steam Deck include 2 thumbstick, 2 touch pads, 2 D-pads, 4 paddle buttons, 4 shoulder and bumper buttons, and a 7″ 1280 x 800px 400 nit LCD touch-screen.

The Steam Deck starts at $400 for 64 GB , $530 for 256 GB , and 512 GB $650. For most AAA games, just the download size alone, will be about 100 GB. So maybe getting the 256 GB with NVME Storage will be worth it. The CPU and GPU are very reasonable for the system.  The system uses a Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz AMD APU, and a 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz GPU. Some are worried that the system will overheat because of the games that are in mind, NVME SSD, CPU, and APU. All of these factors can lead to battery life problems, and possibly a shorter life span of the device. For the price to performance value, the Steam Deck is worth it with a couple of problems, once it comes out around February 2022.