After months of rumors, Valve unveiled the Steam Deck, a handheld console that “brings the Steam games and features you love to a powerful and convenient form factor that you can take wherever you go.” Prices start at $399 for the 64 GB model. It includes a micro SD slot, but you need to transfer games on to the internal SSD storage in order to play them.
While the price for a Steam Deck goes as high as $649 for a 512 GB model, an entry point of $399 is competitive with the Nintendo Switch, which has stayed at $299 since 2017. It’s also only $50 more than the recently-announced Switch (OLED) model, which has a better screen and some other improvements but doesn’t improve the power or performance.
Valve’s new device is a potentially enticing proposition for people who have already amassed a large Steam library, and for players who want to play games never available on handheld before now. The Steam Deck starts shipping in December. You can reserve yours now.
Finally some competition for the Nintendo Switch!
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