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The Steam Deck is Valve's new handheld gaming device for PC games

Pre-orders July 16, shipping starts in December

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 15, 2021 at 2 p.m. PDT • Comments: 50

From mods to breadth of libraries and processing power potential, PC users in the gaming world have plenty to boast about when compared to their console counterparts... save for in one area: handhelds.

Valve is looking to level the playing field in the portable arena, however, as they've just revealed the coming Steam Deck, a handheld device not unlike Nintendo's Switch that essentially allows players to take their entire Steam library on the go.

The entire Deck is just about a half inch shy of being a foot long, and boasts a seven inch touchscreen. Considering the transition from keyboard + mouse to handheld controls, we're not all that surprised to find that the Steam Deck has a myriad of buttons, levers, and sticks.

These include two joysticks, two touch pads, four buttons, a directional pad, view and options buttons, and two quick access buttons... but that's all just on the face. The back and shoulders each include four triggers for a grand total of eight.

Much like how the Nintendo Switch allows for seamless transitions from monitor-based to handheld play, so too will the Deck do this for Steam games. Users will have access to their entire Steam libraries without being tethered to their PC, and this of course includes the wealth of fighting titles available on the platform.

There's a USB-C port as well as a headphone jack on top that you can use to hook up accessories such as fight sticks headsets, but the system comes with plenty of Bluetooth capabilities as well. Also like the Switch, the Steam Deck will offer an additional dock accessory (sold separately) that you can use to store, charge, and connect to a TV or monitor.

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You'll be running Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS as the de facto operating system, but the Steam Deck is essentially being billed as a PC that you can take with you. This means you can install PC software, browse the web, stream video, other apps (including those from Steam's competitors) and other operating systems. The processor is a custom AMD APU and comes with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

There are currently three versions of the system available for pre-order ranging from $400 to $650. Each of these will offer the same performance capabilities, but differ primarily in the amount of storage space they offer.

Valve will begin taking reservations on July 16 at 10 a.m. PT and will begin shipping units this December. You can see your options via the graphic here:

For more on the Steam Deck, head over to the info page where you can read on about hardware, software, specs, and make a reservation for this December.

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