Steam Deck: 10 Things You NEED TO KNOW
Now, officially so let’s break down all the info with 10 categories, let’s get started off with number 10 and, of course talk hardware and some of the specs of this thing. So it’s got a custom amd apu. The cpu is zen 2, with 4 cores and 8 threads at 2.4 to 3.5 gigahertz up to 448 g flops. The gpu is eight rd and a2 compute units uh one to one point: six gigahertz: the ram is 16 gigabytes of lp ddr5 ram. The storage varies by version, but it starts at 64 gigs and it goes up to 526. Gigs we’ll talk more about that in a little bit, that’s the main gist of it. In terms of graphical stuff, you can see how it handles intake and exhaust of the heat, which is, of course, very important, interesting to note that it has two capacitive and programmable touch surfaces on both sides of the unit. This is, of course, with the intention to serve as a mouse when you need it, along with your standard, trigger buttons, face buttons, joysticks and all that it also has four programmable buttons in the back, similar to how some pro style controllers have the device also has A gyroscope for motion controls, which is pretty sweet, and i know what you’re probably thinking you’re looking at the placement of the buttons and you think yikes. This thing looks like a messed up: sega game gear that looks way too chunky and uncomfortable we’re.
Just gon na have to wait and see the jury’s out. This layout is actually similar to the wii. U gamepad from back a minute ago as much as i wasn’t the biggest fan of that hardware, the feel of that gamepad controller wasn’t too bad. So if it’s anything like that, it’s, okay, i guess the design and button placement i’m sure will be the debate in the comments. We’Re really looking forward to hearing what you guys have to say, but let’s move on over to number nine and talk upgradability, because you think this thing is a portable pc. Yes, but the core hardware is technically not upgradable at all, but you can add a micro sd card there’s a slot for it and you can run games off of those. So presumably you could add up to another terabyte of storage if you’re willing to pay up for that, but there are plenty of reasonable price sd cards from 32 gigs to 500. Whatever you want so don’t worry you’ll, probably be fine. Now, over at number, eight let’s talk what we know of graphics, and some of this is speculation in terms of what the actual hardware specs are and what they’ve shown us. We do know that the way it’s going to work all normal graphics options that you get on pc games are going to be accessible, it’s, going to work like playing any other pc game. You have a bunch of settings you can mess with.
They may not be compatible, obviously, but still you have the choice to push it as far as you want the website for the steam deck shows, jedi fallen order, playing and apparently it’s set to high graphic settings, which is pretty impressive. A couple of websites have said that they’ve been able to see this in person and it does look like it performs pretty well. They also show it running control, interestingly enough, which is available on nintendo switch, but it’s stream. Only so that’s what’s important to note here is that this is a hardware based device it’s, not relying on the cloud it’s, not relying on streaming it’s using the in game hardware, the gpu everything working to generate real graphics for you next over at number, seven, we Got ta talk about the operating system, so this thing uses steam os, which is based in linux. It runs linux natively, but you can easily install windows instead, if you prefer, according to valve it’s, not a locked system, which means that you can leave the steam interface and play around with it as much as you want it’s, basically, a fully portable pc with everything That entails, and we prefer, when ecosystems and the hardware devices that we buy, are open access and let us do whatever we want shout out to valve for that now, via shack news, apparently you’ll be able to play windows games that don’t have official linux support on This machine, even if you don’t install windows, we don’t really know for sure, but apparently it has a lot to do with valve’s proton software, which is kind of like this steam os compatibility software, which they said has, and i quote, vastly improved it’s, also worth noting That the os has a suspend resume function that can put the system into sleep mode, and then you can just turn it on and continue.
Gaming, easy later also it’s worth pointing out that games will have mod support because of the way this thing is designed and the ecosystem it exists in you’re, going to be able to do anything you do on a pc on the deck valve has reiterated that a Couple of times on their website and we’re really excited to see that in action now over at number, six let’s talk network and connectivity, uh it’s wi fi only it’s a dual band; there’s, no cellular connection, so you can’t pay to have like a verizon service on This and then you can run around and play, i don’t know valerian or whatever the kids play on the go. No, it apparently has a built in microphone for multiplayer chat and it’s bluetooth, obviously it’s 5.0, and you can connect your headsets via usbc or a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, which thank god, they’re still, including those things i feel like they’re going extinct now. Theoretically, you can play local multiplayer by connecting extra controllers to this thing, which gives you more fun portability, co, op action similar to the switch but for pc games. So the possibilities are pretty limitless now over at number. Five briefly, let’s talk about what’s going to be in the box when you buy this thing, it comes with a power adapter a carrying case, and the device itself is going to weigh 1.47 pounds now in comparison. The switch weighs 0.88 pounds with the joy cons attached, so it’ll weigh like almost double what the switch does.
It’S 67 percent heavier that’s still pretty light. If you want to just talk about carrying heavy hardware things but we’ve tested other pc portable devices like this. In the past and that’s the elephant in the room, these things are going to be heavy, they have to have fans, and then they have to move air there’s a lot going on in the chassis, so for now we have to deal with it. Also valve is going to be selling a dock, to allow you to connect to a tv or a monitor, a keyboard and mouse setup, an ethernet port, anything you’re really looking for, but that’ll be sold separately and right now, there’s no price or release date. But according to valve any off the shelf, usbc dock will also work, which is pretty sweet now over at number. Four another big important one. The the question on the tip of everybody’s tongue, of course, is the battery life. So it’s got a 40 watt hour battery which, according to valve offers between two to eight hours of gameplay, depending on how system taxing the game is, you know, depending on how graphically intense a game you’re playing valve, says that the battery will last up to eight Hours during – and i quote – lighter use cases like game streaming, smaller 2d games or web browsing, so more system intensive games will probably only last about two hours or so give or take so it’s a system where you’re going to want an outlet available in some case.
Like i said, we’ve seen some of these devices and while they are fun and exciting and really kind of bring a look of the future of gaming, uh there’s still setbacks and one of them is weight. The other is battery life. If you’re a pc player, though you already learn how to mess with settings to optimize what you have so it’s, probably going to be more of that, you know if you’re playing a mid level story, game and you’re willing to play it at 30 frames per. Second, you might save some battery life, but if you want to bump that up, the drawback is you’re going to need to be near an outlet. Estimates are all over the place. I see people throwing all kinds of things out there, but we’re not gon na know. For sure, until we get our hands on these things for testing so keep your eyes peeled for a before. You buy video from me once this thing is actually officially available in people’s hands now down to number three let’s talk screen. This is a seven inch screen. It’S 720p native resolution, it’s 60 hertz lcd touchscreen. It has ambient light sensors to adjust the screen brightness, which is pretty much expected by now, and it has a 16 by 10 aspect ratio. The exact resolution is 1280 by 800.. So now, while some people might hear that and freak out and think it’s not good enough, because it is a small screen, you won’t really notice too much of a difference.
And what you’re getting as a trade off is games not having to run on a crazy 4k monitor so it’s, less intensive and hopefully it’ll save you some battery life over at number, two let’s talk about valve and the vision for this thing because valve has a Track record of coming out with hardware devices, and then they go bye bye, but according to gabe newell at valve. This is like a test for them and they they want to create a new category. How do consumers respond to it that’s what they’re waiting they believe? There’S value in extending the pc ecosystem in this direction, just trying new things to make the growing pc ecosystem blossom even more and create a whole new product category if it works, they want other pc manufacturers to join in, as it creates just this whole category and Blows it out, he did a great interview with ign that we will link in the description below it’s really worth watching. Also shout out to gabe for now, looking like a cool wizard, also very important to note valve isn’t the first to make this type of device. They didn’t invent this thing. There are other machines out there, like the io neo, the gpd win3 stuff, like that, although we prefer to see how valve you know having their big massive company budget like how far they can take this. Hopefully, this device will have less compromises, but let’s wait and see now down to number one.
Let’S talk pricing, baby, it’s available in december and there’s three different skus, so the 64 gigabyte version is ‘9 usd the 256 gigabyte version is 529 and the 512 gigabyte is 649.. This version also features an anti glare etched glass screen, it’s worth noting that the lower ‘9 model storage is in the emmc format, which is slower than the nvme ssds, packed with the more expensive versions. They all come with a carrying case, but apparently the most expensive version. The 649 version is gon na, come with an exclusive carrying case and a virtual keyboard theme. Now the way to get your hands on one of these you’re going to be able to reserve any one of these at 1pm edt on friday july 16th, which is done through steam. Now an interesting requirement. You actually have to have made a steam purchase on the store at some point before june 2021, to be able to be eligible to reserve one on time. If you haven’t, then it makes you wait 48 hours. It also requires a five dollar deposit. The initial shipping is only for the united states, canada, the eu and the uk, with more regions coming in 2022., now that five dollar deposit uh the actual steam before june 2021 requirement. All that is actually a cool deterrence against scalpers. We really hope that works. It seems like valve is aware – maybe even seemingly more than some of the other companies right now, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes down, like i said, we’re going to be talking about this, a lot and testing it and making videos.
So we want to hear what you guys think in the comments. Let us know if you’ve played with any other portable pc device, how you feel about those whether or not you think valve is up to the task. Do you like that button layout there’s a lot to talk about, so let us know if you enjoyed this video though, and maybe you learned something clicking the like button is the best way you can help us out.