Since SteamOS is based on Linux (Arch Linux, to be exact), you can install anything with Linux compatibility. That means video players like VLC are just a download away, allowing you to load up movies and shows on the hard drive, or a microSD card for on-the-go entertainment.
While many games run great on Deck out of the box, this shift means there are some games that, while they may be great on a desktop PC, aren’t a great experience on Steam Deck. We want it to be easy for you to find great gaming experiences on Steam Deck, so we’ve designed a system to do just that.
Locate and open the Discover app, which is usually pinned to your taskbar with an icon resembling a blue shopping bag. Otherwise, you can find it in the System tab of the applications menu. Using the search function in the top-left of Discover, look for Spotify. Find Spotify in the list of results and hit Install.
The Steam Deck Isn’t a Switch Killer, But It Could Become One. While it’s true that the Steam Deck probably isn’t going to be an immediate threat to the Switch, that doesn’t mean Nintendo can ignore it.
It’s also heavy — far outweighing the Nintendo Switch. The Switch (with JoyCons attached) comes in at 0.88 lbs, while the Steam Deck is twice as weighty at a whopping 1.65 lbs. I found that the most comfortable way to use the Steam Deck was to place a pillow on my lap and hold the console there.
So, not only can it play a huge library of Steam games, including many of the best PC games in the world, the Linux-based Steam OS 3.0 operating system it runs on can be used in desktop mode, essentially turning it into a super-portable PC.
GTA 5 falls into the Steam Deck Playable category. The game was tested by Valve back in March of 2022 and run fine with a couple of minor issues.
“Some functionality is not accessible when using the default controller configuration, requiring use of the touchscreen or virtual keyboard or a community configuration”
A Steam Deck owner claims that the device can run Elden RIng just fine at 4K, and that the experience is surprisingly more than decent enough.
Valve Steam Deck Supports Discord and Other Background Music Apps. According to the story by VentureBeat, although there are some consoles that either give limited support for Discord or no support at all, Valve’s Steam Deck PC will allow users to use the full version of the app.
Discord is fantastic free software that allows gamers to talk in groups while they play and branch out to millions of other types of communities with text and voice chat, and it’s totally compatible with Steam Deck.
The Steam Deck has two mics built into the face of the display. You can see two tiny notches at the top of the screen if you look closely. The device uses these mics to both record your voice but also to detect and eliminate background noise.
But Nintendo doesn’t need to be concerned about the Steam Deck too much, as it has faced many handheld challengers before; namely, Sega, Sony, and Atari (just to name a few) who all had similar strengths. Yet Nintendo has survived and triumphed over all of them in time.
Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a portable gaming PC that has a passing resemblance to the Nintendo Switch. This is not the first attempt at creating a portable gaming pc.
One core thing to note is while both machines look similar, they are rather different at their heart. The Switch OLED is basically a nicer Nintendo Switch and very much a handheld games console. The Steam Deck, however, is basically a portable PC, with all the flexibility and quirks that come with.
Steam Deck Is Capable of 4K Gaming With External Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU, New Video Confirms. The Steam Deck console is capable of 4K gaming with an external GPU connected to the console via the M. 2 slot, a new video has confirmed.
The Switch is powered by a Nvidia Tegra processor, which hasn’t been updated for any model since the Switch first launched back in 2017. Meanwhile, the Steam Deck flaunts a cutting-edge AMD chip, which features a Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU. This makes the Steam Deck significantly more powerful than the Nintendo Switch.
Specifications and Components of Steam Deck
The Steam Deck is running on a custom AMD Zen 2 “Van Gogh” APU that the company has dubbed “Aerith.” The CPU has four cores and eight threads, with a base clock of 2.4 GHz and a boost clock up to 3.5 GHz. It also has 8 RDNA 2-based compute units.
The Steam Deck can last 6+ hours if you’re playing less graphically demanding games like “Celeste,” but higher-end games quickly exact their toll.
The Steam Deck has a 7-inch touch screen, with a 1280 by 800 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.
Steam Deck review – a buggy but brilliant handheld gaming PC.
The Quest 2 works great with Steam
Here’s the thing that a lot of gamers don’t know: Despite being a stand-alone headset that’s heavily tied into the Oculus/Meta platform, the Quest 2 works fantastic with Steam.