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STEAM DECK ENTERS CONSOLE WARS

Hi there fellow gamers, just when we thought peace was an option, Steam deck enters console wars. As we look towards the future, we thought the handheld market would be monotonous when it comes to Switch dominance. Boy, did we get it wrong? Who would have thought? At the same time, we heard the switch was getting an OLED screen edition Valve announced the Steam deck.

All the hype

As we might have ascertained, the Steam deck is portable, a 7-inch screen. Running with a AMD APU chip, it is built around two key AMD architectures: Zen 2 and RDNA 2.

The Zen 2 architecture is the same one found in the AMD Ryzen 3000 processors, running with Zen 2 cores capable of 8 threads. I don’t know what all of it means, but it is powerful to be in your hands. The power here will get you to 720p without much hassle.

The full list of specs are below.

CPUAMD Zen 2
Core count4-core/8-thread
CPU clock speed2.4–3.5GHz
GPUAMD RDNA 2
GPU Compute Units8
GPU clock speed1–1.6GHz
RAM16GB LPDDR5 @ 5,500MT/s 32-bit quad-channel
Storage64GB eMMC / 256GB NVMe SSD / 512GB NVMe SSD
Display7-inch LCD touchscreen
Resolution1280 x 800
Refresh rate60Hz
AudioStereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, dual mics, USB Type-C/Bluetooth
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support
Battery40Whr
Size11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inch (298 x 117 x 49mm)
WeightApproximately 1.47 lbs (669 grams)
Price$399 (64GB) / $529 (256GB) / $649 (512GB)
THERE IS MORE

The Steam deck will not just be for steam games, and it will also allow you, for example, to use the Epic game store or even Xbox game pass, which has PC games available to subscribers. As the Steam deck enters console wars we get a bit more excited to see the competition in handheld market.

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