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When will the Steam Deck release? The Steam Deck will begin shipping in December 2021. You can't preorder one yet, but starting Friday, July 16 at 10 am Pacific, you can reserve a Steam Deck if you put down a $5 deposit, and Valve will let you know when it's available to order. PC GamerSteam Deck: Everything we know about Valve's new handheld gaming device

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Game Revolution 16 July, 2021 - 08:34am

Valve’s Steam Deck is a fully functioning portable PC. Considering that the base model costs just $50 more than the Nintendo Switch (OLED model), it’s an impressive proposition. News that the Switch OLED isn’t capable of outputting 3840 x 2160 pixels has proven controversial. But, is there Steam Deck 4K resolution support? Here’s the lowdown on the Steam Deck screen spec.

Steam Deck is capable of pushing 4K resolution graphics through a connection to an external 3840 x 2160 monitor. Natively, the handheld Steam Deck screen is 720p HD. Owing to its 16:10 aspect ratio, the exact Steam Deck resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels.

The hardware features a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display with a 60Hz refresh rate. Due to outputting 720p resolution at 60 FPS, the Steam Deck is capable of running many modern AAA games at high visual settings. Via the integrated USB-C port — or Valve’s upcoming proprietary dock — users can output to an external display to achieve even higher settings in some games, however.

There are three versions of the Steam Deck, with the main differentiating factor being the internal storage size and speed. The most expensive model, featuring a 512GB NVMe SSD for $649, also boasts a premium anti-glare etched glass screen. Anyone looking to get the ultimate viewing experience while out and about might want to opt for this version; while it’s still the same resolution, the image will likely appear clearer in non-optimal lighting conditions.

Steam Deck hardware pre-orders go live later today at the time of writing. Wondering where to secure one? Here’s the need-to-know info, along with more details on the hardware specs, release date, and pricing.

In other news, Resident Evil Re:Verse is facing another lengthy delay. As a result, it’s easy to wonder what Capcom has in store for the standalone RE Village multiplayer mode.

Steam Deck Price Point Was “Critical,” Says Gabe Newell, And “Painful”

GamingBolt 16 July, 2021 - 12:00am

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the PC handheld coming from Valve, the Steam Deck. The surprise system looks to take PC gaming on the go with your full Steam library, as well as the ability to do quite a lot more such as even customizing the OS to your likening. It is an interesting device, and one that’s gotten lots of people talking. One talking point has been the price point, which is more affordable than one may have expected. One of the men behind Valve shared some insight about that.

In a preview of what is to be a longform interview with IGN, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spoke about the device. As you can see below, he focused on the price and called it “critical” to have an affordable price point. He said the team approached it less in terms of how much software must be sold to offset hardware cost, and more about whether people will gravitate to Steam Deck due to its quality and high-end status to create an new arm in the ongoing ecosystem. He also referred to the price point as a “painful” one and said they were being “very aggressive” with the three price tiers being offered of $399.99, $529.99 and $649.99.

The Steam Deck is set to release in December 2021 with preorders opening soon. You can also read about the system’s full specs through here.

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Valve Wants to Sell “Millions of Units” of the Steam Deck

GamingBolt 16 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Valve has revealed the Steam Deck, a portable gaming PC with surprisingly reasonable price points across its three models, and there’s no shortage of excitement about the potential of the device. And it seems Valve is just as excited as anyone else, and foresees great success for the handheld in terms of sales- if all goes well, at least.

Speaking in an interview with IGN, in addition to speaking about the Steam Deck’s pricing, Valve boss Gabe Newell commented on what Valve’s expectations from the handheld are, saying that if the company handles things properly, it expects to sell “millions of units” of the Steam Deck.

“Our view is, if we’re doing this right, we’re going to be selling these in millions of units, and it’s clearly going to be establishing a product category that ourselves and other PC manufacturers are going to be able to participate in,” Newell said (transcribed by PC Gamer). “And that’s going to have long-term benefits for us. So that’s sort of the frame in which we’re thinking about this.”

He went on to say that above all else, the litmus test Valve is using to measure the Steam Deck’s success is seeing if there is the kind of audience for such a device that they’re hoping there is.

“We don’t have some tie-in ratio—we don’t say, ‘Oh, and then we have to sell eight games for each one of these, otherwise it doesn’t make sense,'” Newell said. “Our calculus is more, ‘Is this the right product, and is it a great way to test out the assumption that there’s a huge amount of value, both to game players and game developers, to extending the PC ecosystem in this direction. That’s the real test, more than anything else.”

The Steam Deck is launching in select regions this December, and reservations have been opened up. You can check out the device’s full specs through here. Valve has confirmed that the handheld runs on a custom build of the SteamOS, and also features a Fast Suspend/Resume functionality.

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