Valve Announces Portable Console ‘Steam Deck’ For $399

Though Nintendo has dominated the handheld market for the last decade, Valve has announced a new competitor in that market with the release of their own portable Steam Deck. The console comes with a seven-inch screen and relies on SteamOS. Valve seems to be marketing it as a mini-PC as much as they are a console, as the system supports keyboard/mouse, and can be plugged into external displays.

More from the console’s Steam page:

Portability meets power

We partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck’s custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It is a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope.

Your Steam Library, anywhere

Once you’ve logged into Steam Deck, your entire Steam Library shows up, just like any other PC. You’ll be able to find your collections and favorites – exactly where you left them.

Control with comfort

The Steam Deck was built for extended play sessions—whether you’re using thumbsticks or trackpads—with full-size controls positioned perfectly within your reach. The rear of the device is sculpted to comfortably fit a wide range of hand sizes.

Valve’s Steam Deck is planned for release in December.  It will launch at three different price points, starting at $399 for the 64GB base model. The second model features a 256GB SSD and will retail for $529, and the 512GB version retails for $649.

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