Steam Deck Specs: How the Nintendo Switch Compares to Valve’s Handheld Gaming PC - IGN

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Is Steam Deck sold out?

The Steam Deck, a Nintendo Switch competitor determined to dominate the handheld gaming world, is already selling like hotcakes. The most expensive configuration, packed with 512GB of storage, won't be available until early 2023. Laptop MagSteam Deck is sold out — the priciest model won't ship until 2023

The two devices are relatively close in price ($400 for the base Steam Deck and $350 for the OLED Switch), and that got us wondering which one you’d actually buy. Here’s how you voted in this poll.

We posted the poll on Friday, July 16, and over 2,700 votes were tallied as of writing. And the winner is the Steam Deck by a landslide, with over three-quarters of respondents saying they’d buy Valve’s upcoming handheld over the OLED Switch.

The comments suggest that there are a few key reasons for users to pick the PC-based handheld. These reasons include having your existing PC game library instead of building a new library from scratch and the Switch’s aging internals. We could also see the PC-based nature being very appealing to some compared to the locked-down Nintendo ecosystem.

Related: The Steam Deck has potential — if Valve can stay committed

Just under a quarter of respondents (23.5%) say they’ll pick up the Nintendo Switch OLED instead. None of the comments reflected this poll choice, but we’re guessing that the cheaper price, some killer exclusives (e.g. Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Breath of the Wild, etc), and the OLED panel are reasons to pick up the Nintendo handheld.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like you can go wrong with either option if you want a quality portable gaming experience.

Thanks for voting in our poll and for leaving a comment. What do you think of the Steam Deck and OLED Switch? Let us know below.

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Winners and Losers: Steam Deck decimates Switch OLED, Twitter’s Fleets bite the dust

TrustedReviews 20 July, 2021 - 09:11pm

Let’s start with the bombshell announcement of the Steam Deck console. Part handheld dream, part modern Sega Game Gear, the Deck looks ready to usher us all into a new era of gaming.

Sadly, Twitter seems to be lacking that same sense of innovation after its recently released ‘Fleets’ feature is being prematurely canned. As an obvious rip-off of the ‘Stories’ feature seen on the likes of Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, Fleets was never an original concept, but its failure now serves as a cautionary tale that other social media sites should pay attention to.

Last week, I wrote a piece for Trusted Reviews’ sister site Recombu explaining that in hindsight, we shouldn’t have gotten our expectations up for the Nintendo Switch OLED. Nintendo’s always been one to take things at its own pace and pay little attention to its competitors – just remember how different the Wii felt to the Xbox 360 and PS3. Compared to the newly announced Steam Deck however, the Switch OLED is beginning to feel like a Casio calculator before it’s even hit store shelves.

The £349 base model of the Steam Deck only costs just a little bit more than the Switch OLED, but compared to what you get for the money, I’m starting to think that Nintendo should’ve tried a lot harder with its latest handheld upgrade.

Utilising a customised AMD chipset, the Steam Deck is significantly more powerful than the Switch, with the ability to play almost all modern AAA games without fail. The footage that Steam has shown off thus far shows taxing titles like Control and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order running flawlessly, and of course, with the Deck being tied to the Steam ecosystem, you can play all your existing Steam titles on it from the get-go with cloud saving compatibility for jumping between the console and a desktop PC.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Steam Deck can be hooked up to monitor and used as a proper PC. The notion that this is a device that in one moment can be used to play Death Stranding on the train, and the next to be set up as your workspace device in an office, is unreal – but it’s soon to be a reality. With all this functionality, the Steam Deck is this week’s sure-fire winner.

I hate Twitter. That’s a statement I make on an almost weekly basis, but in spite of my dislike for the platform, I have at least respected the fact that Twitter has carved out an impressive niche for itself in the social media space. As a medium for having direct contact with the wealthy and powerful, and in turn allowing them to connect instantly with their audience, it’s easy to understand what Twitter is in relation to Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Unfortunately, Twitter succumbed to a brief identity crisis when it introduced ‘Fleets’ only eight months ago.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Fleets let you post pictures and videos that expire after 24-hours and vanish from the Twittersphere. An interesting concept… in 2011.

Given that Snapchat started the trend years ago, only to have it adopted and improved upon with Instagram’s imitation, one struggles to think what Twitter – the proud platform of mudslinging – could bring the table. Well, it now seems as though most of Twitter has been asking itself the same question as the feature is being pulled due to lack of interest.

In detailing the decision, Twitter’s Support account tweeted: “We hoped Fleets would encourage more people to join the conversation, but that wasn’t the case. So we’re removing them and focusing on improving other parts of Twitter.”

I don’t think anything can encourage new users to join in with Twitter’s discussions, but at least the company’s recognised that adding yet another ‘expiring content’ feed to people’s lives isn’t the way forward.

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Nintendo kills Switch Pro rumors — and the Switch OLED isn’t enough

Tom's Guide 20 July, 2021 - 09:11pm

Nintendo Switch Pro rumors have been fully squashed, which is a bit disappointing

Nintendo officially stated that it has “no plans for launching any other model [of Switch] at this time." So that shoots down months of claimed insider information and other rumors painting a picture of Nintendo working on an upgraded Switch console that would offer more performance and, most notably, a form of 4K resolution output when docked. 

But E3 2021 came and went with a Nintendo Direct and the Switch Pro wasn't even hinted at. And then the Japanese gaming giant dropped the Nintendo Switch OLED, which is basically the original switch with a 7-inch OLED display and a few extra perks like an improved stand. 

The Switch (OLED model) to give it its clunky name, felt like Nintendo blowing a raspberry at all the Switch Pro rumors. And understandably so, as my colleague Marshall Honorof pointed out, Nintendo has basically been pouring water on smouldering Switch Pro rumors for the better part of a year. But still excitement and speculation around the Switch Pro built up; I am as guilty of that as the rest of the gaming and media world.

And even with the Switch OLED reveal, there was still speculation that a Switch Pro may still be in the works. It’s a point of contention, but I’d argue that the rumors bubbling around an upgraded Switch from reliable tipsters added some credence to the idea that a Switch Pro was being worked on.

Maybe Nintendo was working on a so-called Switch Pro but the semiconductor shortage, which has seen the PS5 and Xbox Series X become stupidly hard to buy, may have seen the company shutter its plans and opt for the Switch OLED instead. Or maybe Nintendo is indeed working on an upgraded Switch but it will be the Nintendo Switch 2 and won’t arrive until 2023 at the earliest.

Either way, Nintendo has pretty much sunk Switch Pro rumors for the time being. And that’s a little disappointing.

I was initially of two minds about the Nintendo Switch Pro when the rumors first started gathering pace. I have the original Switch and didn’t think it was dramatically lacking in anything. 

Sure, the kickstand was flimsy, but I never really used it. The display could be larger but 720p across a 6.2-inch screen was fine. As was the LCD panel, which delivered rather impressive colors and was suitably bright. 

The performance of the Switch was never really going to wow in the way Sony and Microsoft's new consoles do, but that’s not the Switch's raison d'etre. Rather it was about delivering optimized exclusive games, which it did and continues to do so. I also mostly use my Switch in its handheld mode so wasn't overly bothered by it outputting at only 1080p, or at time less, on my 4K TV. 

But as more games came out or were ported over to the Switch, I started to notice its technical limitations. It’s great to see The Witcher 3 as a portable game, but it doesn't look anywhere near its best. Equally, games like Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can really chug on the Switch when things get busy. 

I also find The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a little fuzzy at 900p when docked. So the prospect of a 4K rendition of one of the best Nintendo Switch games was certainly compelling, given I found myself often just exploring the ruins of Hyrule for hours on end. 

As such, the idea of a mid-generation refresh with more power and a co-processor in an upgraded dock to facilitate a form 4K output, if not native 4K, started to appeal to me. And seeing the larger screen on the Switch OLED has made me wish for a Switch with a 7-inch display but also a higher display resolution facilitated by a more powerful chipset. 

This has been compounded with the reveal of the Steam Deck, which shows that some pretty impressive gaming power can indeed be packed into a relatively compact handheld device. 

Yet instead Nintendo simply came up with the Switch OLED, which adds in a nicer display, improved kickstand, 64GB of onboard storage and not a lot more. Granted, if you’ve not got a Switch the OLED model is the one to get when it arrives October 8. But for current Switch owners the upgrade isn’t compelling enough. And with no Switch Pro coming anytime soon, it looks like many of us will just make do with the original Switch. 

That’s not to say I'll throw my Switch into a cupboard and ignore it; it’s still a wonderful little gaming machine. But I can’t help feeling a pang of disappointment that the Switch Pro is, for all intents and purposes, dead for now. 

Nintendo did say “at this time,” which leaves the rumor door open just a slither for a potential Switch Pro further on down the line. And Nintendo has a history of releasing more powerful versions of its consoles as they mature, with the 3DS XL being an example of this. 

Equally, maybe this is good news, as perhaps Nintendo's efforts are better focused on making a wholly new innovative console to capture our attention rather than simply making a better Switch. 

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