Valve’s Steam Deck handheld gaming PC is a $399 Nintendo Switch killer

Valve Steam Deck Price in Nepal Features Specs Availability handheld gaming PC
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Valve has announced its first Nintendo Switch-like handheld gaming console, called the Steam Deck. It lets you play your favorites Steam games on the go. So, let’s get into the specs, features, availability, and expected price of Valve Steam Deck in Nepal.

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Valve Steam Deck Overview:

If you’re unaware, Valve is a video-game developer company that also has its hands in the hardware business. It is behind the popular titles like Dota 2, CS: GO, and others.

Design and Display

Here, the Steam Deck is similar to the Nintendo Switch (or Switch OLED) in that it is a handheld gaming machine with full-sized controllers. It also has a detachable dock that allows you to easily connect it to an external monitor.

Steam Deck features a 7-inch optically bonded LCD screen with a 60Hz refresh rate, 400 nits brightness, and an ambient light sensor. This handheld gaming PC measures 298mm x 117mm x 49mm and weighs 669 grams.

Valve Steam Deck Design and Display

Performance

As per its specifications, it is more than a simple game console—it’s a portable PC. Powering the device is an AMD APU with Zen 2-based 4C/8T CPU that has a max turbo frequency of 3.5GHz. On the GPU front, it features octa-core Radeon graphics based on RDNA 2 architecture. Valve says this APU has a configurable TDP between 4 – 15W.

Memory-wise, it comes with 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and three storage options to choose from. The base variant has 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1), 256GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4), 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4). There’s also a micro SD card slot to expand the storage.

However, the company has confirmed that despite the difference in storage protocols, “there is no in-game difference in frame rates or graphics quality”. In terms of software, the Deck boots on Arch-based SteamOS 3.0. You can even install Windows on the Steam Deck if you’d like.

Controls

Furthermore, this handheld gaming PC is crammed with all the controls you’d expect to see on a console. It has A, B, X, and Y buttons, as well as a D-pad, L and R analog triggers and bumpers, View and Menu buttons, and four assignable grip buttons.

Similarly, there are two 32.5mm square trackpads on the left and right. When compared to the Steam Controller, these trackpads offer 55% lower latency. For easier control, it includes a 6-axis IMU gyroscope too.

Valve Steam Deck Controls

On the wireless connectivity front, it utilizes Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi (ca). Unlike the Nintendo Switch, it supports Bluetooth audio as well. Additionally, there’s a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port with DisplayPort 1.4 support that is capable of transferring up to 8K videos at 60Hz.

Rest of the specs

Besides all of this, the console boasts a stereo speaker setup with a dual-microphone array and stereo 3.5mm headphone jacks. Likewise, with 40Whr of battery, Valve promises up to 8 hours of gameplay (depending on the game).

A dock sold separately

Steam Deck, like the Nintendo Switch, has a dock that lets you connect it to your computer or monitor. This USB Dock provides Display Port, HDMI 2.0, an Ethernet adapter, and three USB (2x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-A 3.1) inputs. As expected, you’ll have to buy it separately although Valve hasn’t confirmed the price just yet.

Valve Steam Deck Specifications:

  • Body: 11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inches, 669 grams
  • Display: 7-inches diagonal, 1280 x 800 (16:10), 60Hz LCD touchscreen
  • CPU: AMD Zen 2 4C/8T, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
  • GPU: AMD RDNA 2, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
  • RAM: 16GB LPDDR5 (5500 MT/s)
  • Storage: (MicroSD card support)
    • 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
    • 256GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
    • 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, 3.5mm stereo jack, dual mics
  • Controls: Two analog sticks with capacitive touch, D-pad, face buttons, analog triggers, bumpers, assignable grip buttons, “view” and “menu” buttons, gyro
  • Trackpads: Two (left and right)
  • Wireless connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Wired connectivity: USB 3.2 Gen 2 with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support, up to 8K @ 60Hz
  • Battery: 40Whr, up to 8 hours of gameplay
  • Charging: 45W USB Type-C PD 3.0 power supply

Valve Steam Deck Price in Nepal and Availability

The price of Valve Steam Deck starts at USD 399 for the 64GB model. The company will start its shipping in December in the US, UK, Canada, and EU while other regions will have to wait until 2022. We expect the price of the Valve Steam Deck in Nepal to start at around NPR 57,000 if it launches here.

Valve Steam Deck Price in the US Price in Nepal (Expected)
64GB USD 399 NPR 57,000
256GB USD 529 NPR 75,000
512GB USD 649 NPR 92,000
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