Valve’s handheld console ‘The Steam Deck’ is heard with an Arch Linux based OS

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There have been several leaks over the past few months regarding the handheld console being developed by Valve. And now the device is finally here, officially announced in its full glory by Valve. We had already speculated that the device, the Steam Pal, will come with an AMD Zen2 CPU and RDNA2 GPU. 

According to official specifications, the device will sport a stunning SteamOS 3.0 operating system based on Arch Linux distribution, pretty cool man. The official name of the device is called Steam Deck, Valve’s new handheld gaming console.

The console is powered by a quad-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with up to 3.5 GHz boost and 8 GPU cores based on RDNA2 architecture. The GPU has a boost clock of up to 1.6 GHz and the APU reportedly supports the power of 4 to 15W. however, we have still not received any confirmation saying whether it is AMD’s Van Gogh APU.

Steam Deck handheld gaming console comes with 16GB of LPDDR5 memory (5500 MT/s) and 64GB eMMC storage. It also that another variation of the device will offer 256GB of NVMe SSD or 512 GB NVMe SSD. the console also supports a high-speed micro SD card slot.

The shipment of the device is expected to begin in December 2021 and the dock however will be sold separately. Steam Deck will cost 399 USD for 64GB version, 529 USD for 256GB model and 649 USD for 512GB variant.

ProcessorAMD CPU
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
RAMRAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage64 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 a high-speed microSD card slot
Gamepad controlsA B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
HapticsHD haptics
Trackpads2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro6-Axis IMU
Display7 inch
1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
400 nits peak brightness
60 Hz refresh rate
Touch Enabled
Ambient Light Sensor
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories, and audio)
Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
AudioStereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Dual microphone array
3.5mm stereo headphone/headset jack
Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0
Power45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay
ExpansionMicroSD UHS-I supports SD, SDXC, and SDHC
USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen
Size298mm x 117mm x 49mm
WeightApprox. 669 grams
Operating SystemSteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
DesktopKDA Plasma
Price64GB: 399 USD
256GB:  529 USD
512GB: 649 USD
Release DateReservations: July 16th
Shipping: December 2021


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Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.

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