Valve announces strong contender for Switch

Valve just announced the launch of Steam Deck for the month of December. Much more than a simple handheld console, it is a small PC capable of launching Steam games, and which can potentially host Windows and all games and services compatible with this operating system.

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Rumors have been circulating for some time on such a console Switch a Valves. The company just confirmed these rumors by announcing the Steam Deck. It is actually a computer in the form of console laptop running SteamOS, a version of the linux. All you need to do is log in with your Steam account to access all compatible games in your library.

The console has a 7-inch screen with a definition of 1,280 x 800 pixelsand contains a SoC I COULD AMD Zen 2 with four cores (2.4 to 3.5 GHz) and eight graphics processing units, supported by 16 gigabytes of random access memory. The Steam Deck has many controls, including two sticks analogone directional arrow, four function buttons, two touch pad and a gyroscope. The device also offers four triggers on each side and two microphones.

A console available in three models

Valve offers three Steam Deck models with 64 gigabytes of eMMC memory, 256 GB NVMe SSD, or 512 GB NVMe SSD. EMMC memory is slower than an NVMe SSD, so the former model will suffer from longer load times. However, according to Steam, the game’s responsiveness and framerate will be the same for all three. It is also possible to increase the storage space thanks to a MicroSD card slot.

Currently, only some of the games on Steam are compatible with Linux and more specifically SteamOS. This therefore means that it will not be possible to access its entire library. Valve uses a system called Proton, a derivative of Wine, for running Windows games on Linux. However, one of the obstacles is the anti-cheat system built into many games. Valve has announced that it is working with BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat so that they can work on the console before its release, which would allow the games to be played. Games such as Apex Legends, Destiny 2, PUBG or even Fortnite. The list of compatible games can be viewed on the site dedicated to Proton.

A console compatible with Windows and Microsoft Xbox Game Pass

For owners whose favorite games are not compatible, there is another solution. Valve has indicated that the Steam Deck is indeed a PC, so it is possible to install other operating systems on it. Unlike its competitors, the company hasn’t blocked the console. Given the architecture, it should be compatible with windows. Gamers should be able to opt for the Microsoft and thus access almost all Steam games. This also means that you will be able to access the games included in the Xbox Game Pass on the Steam Deck, as well as any other Windows compatible gaming platform. However, it will be necessary to wait for the first players to test the system to know the performance under Windows and if it contains all the necessary drivers.

Valve will also offer a docking station to play on a big screen, with HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Ethernet and USB ports. The first deliveries of the console are expected to begin in December, and reservations begin tonight. The console is sold for 419 euros for the 64 GB model, 549 euros for the 256 GB version and 679 euros for 512 GB of storage.

What you need to remember

  • The Steam Deck is a handheld console released by Valve.
  • It will be available from December.
  • The console is also a PC and it should be possible to install Windows.

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