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The Steam Deck is coming in December

The Steam Deck is coming in December

After many rumors, Valve has just officially confirmed its Steam Deck portable console, previously known as “SteamPal”. SteamDeck Reservations will begin on July 16 and the first deliveries should be made in December. The console has a first version at 419€ and the family will be completed with models at 529$ and 649$. In reality the segmentation would be by storage capacity: the 64GB eMMC storage version for €419, 256GB NVMe SSD storage for €549 and 512GB NVME SSD storage for €679, according to Valve. An SD slot would expand the storage.

Unsurprisingly, the console has an AMD APU, but this will not be a last-minute thing. The Steam Deck will thus have a quad-core Zen 2 processor with eight threads and 8 AMD RDNA 2 graphics processing units, as well as 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. A configuration that raises questions. Of course, the operating system used will be SteamOS 3.0 based on the Arch Linux distribution. The screen will be 7″ with a resolution of 1280 x 800px common to all versions.

Steam Deck

The detail of the official configuration is now available on the dedicated website. The Steam Deck can function as a normal computer according to Valve, allowing gamers to “install and use PC software”. For example, users will be able to browse the Web and watch streams as well as play games. On the software side, the Steam Deck supports Steam features such as chat, notifications, cloud saves for games, remote play (allowing users to stream games from their home PC to the handheld) and the Steam Store. As per initial rumors, SteamOS 3.0 includes Proton, a “compatibility layer” that allows Windows games to run on Linux. We’ll have to see how this behaves in practice. Regarding accessories, again Valve is reassuring that support for Steam Deck accessories extends to “anything that can be plugged in via USB and anything that can be plugged in or accessed via Bluetooth.”

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