In the summer of 2021, Valve announced that they would be getting into the handheld gaming market with the unveiling of the Steam Deck. Paired with Valve’s highly popular Steam digital distribution marketplace, the Steam Deck lets you take your PC game library on the go. Providing the portability of hardware competitors like the Nintendo Switch but without sacrificing power, the Steam Deck promises quality performance on the go. Here’s what you need to know about the Steam Deck before it releases!
What You Need to Know About the Steam Deck
The Steam Deck is aiming to compete with the Nintendo Switch, offering high-quality performance at an affordable price. Outfitted with a custom APU developed in partnership with AMD, along with 16 GB of RAM and a 7” LCD screen, the Steam Deck is a handheld with some serious power. The system has been made with ease-of-use and comfort in mind, sporting button and analog inputs as well as a touch screen, track-pad, and gyroscopic controls.
Currently, there are three models available for pre-order, each offering different amounts of storage space. The base model has 64GB of space through eMMC storage, at a price point of $399. You can increase that space to 256GB with an NVMe SSD for $529 or 512GB for $649. While the first batch of reserved systems is set to ship at the end of February, current pre-orders are expected sometime in the third quarter of 2022. You can place reservations for the system of your choice at the official Steam Deck website.
Steam Deck Supported Games
Currently, the Steam Deck will support over 100 games, but many more are planned for compatibility review in the coming months. To check which games are compatible, users can look for a “Steam Deck verified” check in their Steam library. Other games may be playable with the Steam Deck after some tweaks made on the user-end. Those games have been marked as “playable” in the Steam library. At launch, there are dozens of amazing games that will be supported by the Steam Deck, including Hades, God of War, Stardew Valley, Portal 2, and more. Unfortunately, due to anti-cheat software and other issues, popular titles like Back 4 Blood, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will not be supported. Keep in mind that the list of compatible games is growing by the day, so by the end of 2022, the Steam Deck may support hundreds of fantastic PC titles. We’re excited to get our hands on the hardware and see if it lives up to the hype!