A $399 handheld gaming PC by Valve

Valve made a $399 handheld gaming PC

Valve has surprised the computing fraternity with a handheld console. The $399 Steam Deck is arriving in December 2021, will expand to more regions later.

It looks like some unholy alliance of Sega’s Game Gear and the Nintendo Switch, the PC hardware includes a seven-inch touchscreen at 1,280 x 800 resolution at a 60Hz refresh rate. There are a lot of control options, with dual thumbsticks, two pretty large square trackpads, an old-school directional pad, four main face buttons, triggers, and a quartet of grip buttons.

It’s just a foot long. Valve has ensured for the gamers that there’s enough power inside to tempt PC gamers that already have an expansive Steam library. It is powered by an AMD 2.4-3.5GHz processor and a 1.0 to 1.6GHz GPU with eight RDNA 2 compute units. 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM inside, too. Valve PC has a battery life of between two and eight hours on a single charge, depending on how much power you need for your games. Given the power, many AAA PC games require, you can probably expect a lot of experiences to hover around the lower estimates.

This PC might not be as powerful as your gaming PC, Valve is using Proton, a compatibility layer that lets games run without developers having to do any work porting titles across, you will apparently have access to your full library. It is slightly more expensive as compared to the switch, and the same price as the digital-only PS5. However, due to its look, it’s a very different proposition. 

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