Steam’s Big Picture Mode is being replaced by Steam Deck OS

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Rock Paper Shotgun 21 July, 2021 - 06:42am 19 views

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Steam Deck is available to reserve now in select regions, and will begin shipping in December 2021. Choose which version to reserve below. When inventory is available, customers will be notified in the order reservations were made to make their purchase. steampowered.comSteam Deck reservation page

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Can the Valve Steam Deck Succeed? | SEVEN DAY REPLAY

Flickering Myth 21 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Turns out the Steam Deck's final spec is more impressive than Valve first listed

PC Gamer 21 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Valve corrects the Steam Deck specs page, and its massive memory bandwidth is hugely important for its performance.

The raw speed that Valve is touting for its handheld console, 5,500MT/s, hasn't actually changed since it was announced, but as Twitter user Locuza rightly points out, something didn't add up with the initial LPDDR5 spec listed by Valve.

A discussion and curiosity is resolved now.Van Gogh, which is used by Valve's Steam Deck, has 4 UMCs.I expected 4x 16-Bit (a memory channel under LPDDR5 is actually 16-Bit wide). The official spec claimed 5.5 Gbps (dual-channel), which didn't made sense to me.It got corrected pic.twitter.com/orgzMKJldEJuly 19, 2021

The Steam Deck was first listed with dual-channel LPDDR5, however, that has now been corrected to quad-channel 32-bit LPDDR5. An important distinction, as this confirms the Steam Deck has a tremendous amount of bandwidth relative to its expected GPU performance.

Memory bandwidth is of particular importance for a device like the Steam Deck, and that comes down to Valve's choice of chip.

The Steam Deck is powered by an AMD APU—a slice of silicon containing both CPU and GPU—and if there's one thing that's incredibly useful for an APU, it's memory bandwidth. That's because both CPU and GPU share access to the same memory pool, thus doubling the demands on the memory component versus a conventional PC setup.

A desktop PC with a discrete graphics card needn't worry in quite the same way. While it's still important to have plenty of memory bandwidth available to your key components, it shares the burden across two dedicated pools of memory—today, that's most commonly DDR4 memory for the CPU and GDDR6 memory for the GPU.

So even more reason to be excited by the Steam Deck? Indeed, Valve's handheld device is shaping up to be an exciting device, and following this correction it appears even more a well-considered one.

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Ubisoft Will Put Its Games on Steam Deck 'If It's Big Enough' - IGN

IGN 21 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

In its Q1 earnings call today, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot responded to an investor question about his thoughts on the Steam Deck by suggesting it might spark future Ubisoft game releases on the platform:

"We're happy to see Steam Deck coming to the industry, it shows that it continues a flow of very innovative new hardware coming to the market," he said. "So we will look and see how big it becomes, but if it's big we will be able to put our games on it."

Since the Steam Deck is effectively a handheld gaming PC, all Ubisoft's existing Steam catalog would already be available on the device when it launches starting later this year. It's also worth pointing out that Valve has confirmed the Steam Deck will be able to run the Epic Games Store and other PC storefronts, so all this could just mean that Ubisoft continues business as usual. However, Guillemot's statement may indicate a shifting tide for future releases if the Steam Deck is successful enough.

We went hands-on with the Steam Deck earlier this month, and also spoke to Valve to get the most pressing questions about the device answered.

Steam Deck UI Will Replace the Outdated Big Picture Mode

Wccftech 21 July, 2021 - 10:46am

Last week’s reveal of the Valve’s Steam Deck portable gaming PC generated a lot of interest for many different reasons, but one of the low-key exciting things about machine is that it looks to feature an all-new UI rather than Steam’s increasingly-dated Big Picture Mode. For those unfamiliar, Big Picture Mode was introduced nearly a decade ago for people opting to play Steam games on a TV and/or with a controller, and while it’s more-or-less functional, it’s been largely neglected in terms of updates and is starting to feel pretty long in the tooth.

Well, according to a Valve developer posting on the company’s forums, all Steam users are going to be getting an infusion of Big Deck Energy regardless of whether they actually buy the hardware, as the system’s UI will eventually be replacing Big Picture Mode…

Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck. We don't have an ETA to share yet though.

Of course, not having had the opportunity to try out the Steam Deck, I can’t say for sure if this will be an improvement, but it’s a pretty safe bet. Not sure what Steam Deck is all about? Here’s some more info and an official description:

Steam Deck begins shipping this December for those lucky few who reserved one early, and hopefully, we’ll all be able to use the new UI not long afterwards.

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