The gaming world is currently excitedly awaiting the release of one of the most promising portable gaming systems so far: The Steam Deck. Created by the same company that currently runs online gaming platform Steam, the Steam Deck may just be the next big thing in the gaming scene, allowing players to enjoy their favourite titles no matter where they go.
Here we will look at everything there is to know about the Steam Deck so far, including its hardware, software, and potential release dates.
What’s Running The Steam Deck
Valve has released a fair amount of information regarding the kind of hardware that will be powering the new device. One of the most exciting aspects is that it will be shipped with an AMD APU, with AMD being one of the leading hardware distributors in the market right now.
Owners of the Steam Deck can expect it to come with a 7-inch LCD touch screen, although there will also be physical button controls on either side of the screen. The CPU will be an AMD Zen 2, with 4 cores and 8 threads, promising a fairly powerful experience and capable of running most modern games with ease. 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM is expected to come with the device, as well as 64GB of eMMC storage, although the storage capacity can be upgrade thanks to an M.2 slot, meaning that players can install a NVMe SSD of up to 512GB.
It will have a 40Whr battery, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.5 mm jack for plugging in audio. In total, the Steam Deck will weigh less than 700 grams, making it ultra-portable. Some have voiced concern over the small battery, especially when playing games that are fairly demanding, and it’s something that potential buyers might want to keep in mind before making a purchase.
The Operating System
Valve is designing a unique operating system for the Steam Deck, but they have also made it known that a user will be able to swap out the operating system if they want to, and could even be used as a mobile workstation for work or even playing bingo Australia games.
It will ship with Arch Linux as its base, a powerful and modular operating system that uses a rolling release update system, meaning that the Steam Deck will always have the latest, bleeding edge software available. On top of Arch Linux, the KDE Plasma desktop environment will provide the interactivity, as well as power the connection to the Steam library.
The Steam Deck looks extremely promising and might just be the next big thing in mobile gaming, assuming it can make a splash in a market that’s largely dominated by the Nintendo Switch.
It’s currently possible to pre-order the device at the moment, but even then, a buyer may have to wait until the end of the year when the Steam Deck is officially released. Others may only be able to get their hands on one next year, but it may be worth the extra wait.