Remember the Steam Machine, not many do. Now Valve is trying again with a new handheld console called the Steam Deck.

The console is set to release this December 2021 and seeks to create portable PC gaming. With both handheld and dock options available.

The console will come in 3 options.

<>$399 64GB
  • 64GB eMMC internal storage
  • Carrying case

<>$529 256GB

  • 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage
  • Faster storage
  • Carrying case
  • Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle

<>$649 512GB

  • 512GB NVMe SSD internal storage
  • Fastest storage
  • Premium anti-glare etched glass
  • Exclusive carrying case
  • Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle
  • Exclusive virtual keyboard theme

Speeds and Feeds

Compute

Processor

  • AMD APU
    CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
    GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
    APU power: 4-15W
  • RAM
  • 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
  • Storage
  • 64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
    256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
    512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
    All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

  • Gamepad controls
  • A B X Y buttons
    D-pad
    L & R analog triggers
    L & R bumpers
    View & Menu buttons
    4 x assignable grip buttons
  • Thumbsticks
  • 2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
  • Haptics
  • HD haptics
  • Trackpads
  • 2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
    55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
    Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
  • Gyro
  • 6-Axis IMU

Display

  • Resolution
  • 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Type
  • Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability
  • Display size
  • 7″ diagonal
  • Brightness
  • 400 nits typical
  • Refresh rate
  • 60Hz
  • Touch enabled
  • Yes
  • Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

  • Channels
  • Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
  • Microphones
  • Dual microphone array
  • Headphone / mic jack
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
  • Digital
  • Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0

Power

  • Input
  • 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
  • Battery
  • 40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay

Expansion

  • microSD
  • UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
  • External connectivity for
    controllers & displays
  • USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Size and Weight

  • Size
  • 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
  • Weight
  • Approx. 669 grams

Software

  • Operating System
  • SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
  • Desktop
  • KDE Plasma

Official Dock

Sold seperately. Specifications subject to change.

Expansion

  • Peripherals
  • 1 x USB-A 3.1 Port
    2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports
  • Networking
  • Ethernet
  • External displays
  • DisplayPort 1.4
    HDMI 2.0

Power

Input
  • USB-C Power Delivery passthrough input
  • Deck connection
  • 6″ USB-C captive cable with low profile 90° connector

Size and Weight

  • Size
  • 117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm
  • Weight
  • Approx. 120 grams

About The Author

Adam S
Sr.Staff Writer

Adam is a Senior Staff Writer for GAW with over 5 years of experience in writing and is completely obsessed with video games. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and lives in NY.