Steam is going handheld as Valve announces the Steam Deck, an all AMD gaming console running SteamOS 3.0

The highly anticipated all AMB Build gaming console by Valve, developer of the Steam Games Library confirms that they will be finally releasing the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming console that boasts its ability to fluidly run triple-A (AAA) Title games with extreme fluidity, and the all-time access to play and browse around your Steam library. Despite running SteamOS 3.0, the console is considered a true PC, which allows users to install other software and connect the device to monitors, mice, keyboards, and other computer peripherals to enhance the gaming experience.

Switch, but a Gaming PC

The Steam Deck is previously referred to as the SteamPal, which rivals the Nintendo Switch in terms of physical build, in other words, it is a computer in the shape of the Switch. The Steam Deck is powered by a custom AMD APU (a Quad-core, eight-threads ZEN 2 CPU, running alongside 8 RDNA 2 Compute Units to process the graphics). The PC/Console also runs on 16Gbs of LPDDR5 RAM, with a 7-inch touchscreen display in 16:10 aspect ratio (1280x800px) with 60Hz refresh rate and up to 400 nits brightness. It also has Wifi and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity.

We did mention some peripheral connectivity earlier and is possible through the use of the included dock as you purchase the PC-Console. Steam Deck’s price starts at $399 for the 64GB Variant, the price scales up to $529 for the 256GB Variant and $649 for the 512GB Model. Valve announced that products are bound to ship by December 2021, just in time for the holidays for some regions such as United States, Canada, EU, and UK, for other regions excluded from the list, interested buyers may reserve their Steam Deck over on the Steam Deck website.

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