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Does steam deck have expandable storage?

The Steam Deck supports expandable storage through SD cards, meaning you can grab one and just slot it in to make room for more games, especially if you don't have a model with an SSD. Windows CentralSteam Deck specs list

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How long is the Steam Deck battery life? | Dot Esports

Dot Esports 15 July, 2021 - 02:12pm

Valve’s new handheld console, the Steam Deck, is set to release in December, and while the portable device boasts flexibility, its battery life seems to be unpredictable.

There are countless ways you can use a Steam Deck and purposes you can use it for. But exactly how long it will stay alive without being charged can vary widely, according to the device’s specs on Steamdeck.com

The Steam Deck comes with a 40Whr battery that can support two to eight hours of gameplay.

While the battery life of the Steam Deck appears to have a huge range, this isn’t too different from comparable devices like the Nintendo Switch.

The upcoming OLED model of the Switch, which launches in the fall, has a battery life that ranges from 4.5 to nine hours. Some previous models had less battery life that ranged from 2.5 to 6.5 hours.

The exact battery life of your Steam Deck will depend largely on how you use it. Some games and activities will drain your battery faster than others.

The Steam Deck will be available for reservation beginning tomorrow at 12pm CT, and the device will start at a base price of $399. High-end versions of the Steam Deck will cost as much as $649.

Gabe Newell: Hitting Steam Deck Price Was 'Painful' but 'Critical' - IGN

IGN 15 July, 2021 - 12:00pm

Speaking with IGN, Valve president Gabe Newell talked about the need to be "very aggressive" in terms of pricing, characterizing price performance as "one of the critical factors in the mobile space." He said that the top priority was to make sure that PC players are able to pick up the Steam Deck and feel like it works perfectly, but that price was also very much on Valve's mind when it developed the new device.

"I want to pick this up and say, oh, it all works. It's all fast. It's all... and then price point was secondary and painful. But that was pretty clearly a critical aspect to it," Newell said. "But the first thing was the performance and the experience, [that] was the biggest and most fundamental constraint that was driving this."

"We knew that the price point was very important, so [...] from the beginning, we designed with that in mind, and we worked very, very hard to achieve the price point that we're at," said Valve hardware director Shreya Liu in a separate interview.

The Steam Deck will be available at three different price points: $399 for the 64 GB version, $529 for the 256 GB version, and $649 for the 512 GB version. With the average gaming PC costing between $800 and $1200, being able to purchase a powerful dedicated handheld with expandable storage for just $400 starts to seem like a good value.

Other considerations were the fit and finish quality, said designer John Ikeda, who said that it had to be "premium in feel, premium in look."

"[W]e weren't going to sacrifice those, so balancing that in this atmosphere of supply chain and manufacturing toughness, was something that we knew from the very beginning that we weren't going to sacrifice, so we needed to find a way," Ikeda said.

Ultimately, the Steam Deck is being priced with long-term strategy in mind, Newell said, with Valve's goal being to 'establish a product category' that will have long-term benefits. In that sense, Valve is willing to be aggressive with the Steam Deck's pricing.

"Nobody has ever said, 'Oh, we have a giant success where clearly there's huge demand for this, but our margins are too thin.' Right? And a lot of people have overpriced things and killed the opportunity, and sort of convince people that it's an uninteresting category from the get-go," Newell said. "So we're definitely... our view is... we're doing this for the long haul. And there's a lot of opportunity. And so far, everything we're hearing from our partners, mainly because they're the ones that we've talked about it the most, is a lot of enthusiasm that this is something that they're really going to be happy to see the PC community pushing into this space."

The Steam Deck is set to release later this year. Be sure to check back later this month for our full interview with Newell, where he talks more about the Steam Deck, Half-Life: Alyx, and working from New Zealand during the pandemic. In the meantime, we've got an extensive hands-on with the Steam Deck itself, as well as an FAQ with some of the developers behind the new device.

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