Steam Deck

Valve confirms new Steam Deck details like PC control and SD card booting

Valve confirms new Steam Deck details like PC control and SD card booting

We're quickly approaching the release window for Valve's Steam Deck. The first orders for the handheld PC gaming machine are due to begin shipping out in December, but even though we're still a few months out, the Steam Deck isn't some unknown quantity. Indeed, Valve has been relatively open about the Steam Deck and its capabilities so far, even offering hands-on time with the device to a select few. Now it's answering even more questions in a revamped FAQ it has published for the Steam Deck.

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Steam Deck development kits begin shipping

Steam Deck development kits begin shipping

One of the coolest things to happen in gaming in a long time, at least for those who enjoy gaming on the PC was the Steam Deck. It's been a while since the device was announced, and Steam has finally confirmed that development kits are beginning to ship. Steam shared some images from behind the scenes showing Steam Deck development kits being packaged up to ship out to partners.

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Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming PC was immediately compared to the Nintendo Switch when it was first announced, but that's a rather superficial comparison when it comes down to the details. While both are indeed handheld gaming devices, the Steam Deck is more like the Switch Lite with its nonremovable controls. Another critical difference between the two has just surfaced, revealing that the Steam Deck's performance will be the same whether you hold it in your hands or nest it in a dock with a larger, higher-resolution screen.

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Steam Deck optional FPS limiter to offer better battery life

Steam Deck optional FPS limiter to offer better battery life

Valve's Steam Deck, just like many of the company's hardware endeavors, has stirred up mixed responses to the portable PC gaming handheld. The device itself seems to have a yin yang characteristic to it. Its tempting price tag was offset by pre-order chaos, while its capable hardware, at least for a portable computer, was balanced by some puzzling decisions about its performance. The most controversial aspect seems to be the "30 FPS target" for the Steam Deck that Valve revealed. As it turns out, the story is actually more confusing than that simple statement.

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Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Even though it feels like the last Steam Next Fest just wrapped up, Valve has already confirmed the details for the autumn Next Fest. Valve today announced that the Steam Next Fest will be returning in October, serving up another collection of game demos that anyone can download and play. As with previous Next Fest events, this one in October will last for a full week.

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Steam Deck reservations open today: Why Valve may not sell you one

Steam Deck reservations open today: Why Valve may not sell you one

After announcing the Steam Deck yesterday, Valve is wasting little time opening up reservations for the handheld PC gaming device. Reservations are opening later today for the first batch of Steam Decks that will be available in December 2021. Here we'll tell you not only how to reserve one, but also what you should know before reserving.

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Valve boss says ‘very aggressive’ Steam Deck pricing was ‘painful’

Valve boss says ‘very aggressive’ Steam Deck pricing was ‘painful’

Yesterday, Valve revealed the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming PC that is meant primarily for playing Steam games on the go. In its announcement, Valve confirmed that the Steam Deck will use a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU and a discrete RDNA 2 GPU, yet announced a starting price point of $399. That's a pretty low price to pay to get into PC gaming, and it seems that Valve is going to feel it, as Gabe Newell has described that pricing as "very aggressive" and "painful."

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Five ways Valve’s Steam Deck seems too good to be true

Five ways Valve’s Steam Deck seems too good to be true

Today we're looking at the Valve Steam Deck, a gaming machine with built-in game controls that runs SteamOS. This device's industrial design owes to several machines that've found some measure of success in the past - the Sega Game Gear, Razer Project Fiona, and the most obviously similar recent powerhouse of a device like this: Nintendo Switch. But might this be a device that's too idyllic to make it to gamer hands in the real world?

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Steam Deck reservations are weird, but they could help stop scalpers

Steam Deck reservations are weird, but they could help stop scalpers

Steam dropped a bombshell of an announcement today by revealing the Steam Deck, which is essentially a portable PC meant primarily for playing PC games on the go. The prospect of truly portable PC gaming is one that could get a lot of people excited, but unfortunately, we're going to have to wait until December to order one. In the more immediate future, we'll be able to reserve one, but there are some things you should know about Steam Deck reservations before you take the plunge.

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Valve’s Steam Deck handheld takes on Switch for PC gamers

Valve’s Steam Deck handheld takes on Switch for PC gamers

If you've ever looked at a Nintendo Switch and thought, "it would be cool to have something like this for PC gaming," then boy does Valve have the device for you. Today Valve announced the Steam Deck, a new handheld gaming device that lets you play Steam games on the go. Of course, we've seen PC gaming go portable through gaming laptops in the past, but the Steam Deck seems to take things to a whole new level.

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