Meaning, before it has even left the starting line, the Steam Deck is already underpowered for aging games. How’s the GPU? It’s weaker than both the PS5 or Xbox X series.
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 limited supply for Valve’s Steam Deck is creating an opportunity for scalpers to sell the PC gaming handheld for three times or more the normal price. On eBay, you can find the Steam Deck going for bids at around $1,300 to $1,600, along with “buy now” prices that can reach $2,500 or $2,999.
As we’ve already seen, this portable PC can match the PlayStation 4 experience at lower resolutions, while its support for ray tracing in combination with its built-in SSD stands it in good stead for future games.
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.
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.
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.
The Steam Deck is a wonderful little machine for PC gaming on the go, but it can also be used for Remote Play on the PS5 and PS4 consoles.
Steam Deck Standard Limited Warranty
Valve’s Steam Deck comes with a 12-month standard limited warranty. The Steam Deck’s warranty chiefly serves to cover the console in the event of manufacturing defects.
Steam Deck does offer tools to push image quality a bit further on a 4K set, most notably AMD’s FSR 1.0 scaling which produces a small but noticeable detail improvement over bilinear upscaling without introducing excessive aliasing.
With tons of games out there, it can be hard to track down all the currently supported/unsupported games on Steam Deck.Games That Won’t Be Coming To The Steam Deck.
Valve’s Steam Deck is a powerful, flexible gaming handheld that feels great and lets you take your games on the go. Just don’t expect it to last too long, and know that some games may not work perfectly out of the box.
The Steam Deck has a 7-inch touch screen, with a 1280 by 800 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.
Since Rust is an older game, released in 2013, the Steam Deck shouldn’t have any problem playing it on the hardware side of things. Though it might be a problem on the software side because the Steam Deck currently isn’t compatible with certain games like Rust that use Easy Anti-cheat software.
There’s no doubting that, right now, the Steam Deck is the world’s most powerful handheld gaming console, beating off the likes of the Nintendo Switch comfortably.
Yes, the Steam Deck will eventually get Ray Tracing, once the AMD GPU driver matures. There’s been a lot of talk lately about Ray Tracing and the Steam Deck, especially after the recent Digital Foundry video but there’s a few things that need to be cleared up.
Based on the history of game consoles and computing in general, no it’s not ‘future proof’. It is good for about 7yrs before another console generation is released to replace it. They may have mid-generation upgrade as well to boost performance, but they may not.
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.
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.
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.
Cyberpunk 2077 has a dedicated Steam Deck setting, but it’s not working as intended. A new report from Gaming On Linux (opens in new tab) takes a deep dive into the new settings for Cyberpunk 2077, breaking down how the action-RPG actually performs on the handheld device.
You’ll want to connect the Steam Deck’s USB-C port to one end of the adapter and your display’s HDMI cable to the other end. Step 3: You’ll also want to make sure that your HDMI cable is long enough so you don’t have to sit right next to the display.