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Valve's portable gaming PC "Steam Deck" like Nintendo Switch is released!

Nintendo SwitchみたいなValveのポータブルゲーミングPC「Steam Deck」発売決定!

Long ago, a game console was necessary to play games.
Nowadays, many people enjoy playing games on smartphones and PCs in addition to dedicated game consoles.
Among them, gaming PCs can be prepared with higher specifications than game consoles, and depending on the game title, they may be able to play the game more comfortably.
There are various platforms that distribute games on PCs, and Steam is one of the largest platforms in the industry.
On Steam, major titles and indie titles from around the world are available, and with the exception of exclusive titles, you can play PlayStation titles, Xbox titles, Nintendo Switch titles, and so on.
However, to play a game, you have to start up your PC, access Steam, stop whatever is running in the background, and so on... It seems a bit much of a hurdle to play.
Valve, the company behind Steam, has announced the Steam Deck, a portable gaming PC designed specifically for playing games on Steam.

Steam-optimized gaming PC

Steam Deck
Steam Deck
"Steam Deck"公式サイト

The Steam Deck is a portable gaming PC with a display, controller, and speakers all in one package, announced by Valve, the owner of Steam.

Steam Deck
Steam Deck

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The Steam Deck has a 7-inch touchscreen display, stereo speakers,thumbstick, trackpad,trigger buttons, and a gyro, allowing users to play games on their own, just like the Nintendo Switch.

Steam Deck
Steam Deck
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The Steam Deck is an Arch-based SteamOS 3.0 OS optimized to run Steam, so you can enjoy Steam games as soon as you turn it on and log in.
For the processor, we partnered with AMD to develop a custom APU optimized for portable gaming PCs, featuring Zen2+RDNA2, which is powerful enough to run the latest AAA titles despite being portable.

Steam Deck
Steam Deck
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In addition to the integrated controller, Bluetooth andUSB Type-C connected accessories, mouse and keyboard can be used. You can use the device that best suits your game title and scene.
It has a comfortable 7-inch touchscreen, but sometimes you want to project images on a larger screen, right?
By connecting a cable to the Steam Deck, you can connect it to a TV or monitor, so you can play games on a larger screen.

Steam Deck
Steam Deck
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A dock (sold separately) will also be available.
The dock includes an external display, a wired LAN port, a USB port, and a power supply, so you can connect it to a TV or external monitor like the Nintendo Switch's TV mode and play on a large screen, while using the wired LAN for stable networking. The USB port allows you to connect a mouse, keyboard, and gamepad, so you can play in an environment similar to that of a high-performance gaming PC.
We are very much looking forward to this new dock, but details will be released soon, so stay tuned for more information!

Steam Deck ドック
Steam Deck dock
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The Steam Deck will be available in December 2021 in some regions!

Steam Deck will be available in December 2021 in the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom.
The rest of the world will follow in 2022. We will have to wait for further information on whether or not it will be released in Japan.
The "Steam Deck" will be available in three main models with different storage capacities.
The 64GB eMMC internal storage model comes with a carrying case for US$399.
The 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage model comes with a carrying case and an exclusive Steam Community Profile bundle for US$529.
The 512GB NVMe SSD internal storage model has a premium anti-glare etched glass display and comes with a carrying case, limited Steam Community Profile bundle, and limited edition virtual keyboard theme for US$649.
All models do not differ in frame rate or graphics quality, and all have a microSD card slot for additional storage.
That said, even at 512GB, the price is quite affordable considering the specs at approximately 71,400 yen at a conversion rate of $1.110.
Even if you purchase the separately sold dock, the price will probably not exceed 100,000 yen, so it seems to be a product with excellent cost-performance for its performance.
The official website states, "It can also be used with PC software installed. Depending on how much work you can actually do with it, you may be able to switch your home PC environment to the Steam Deck.
We look forward to hearing more about the Japanese release of the Steam Deck !
For more details, please visit the official Steam Deck website!

Steam Deck Specifications
Processor AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CU, 1.0 to 1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4 to 15 watts
RAM 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage 64 GB eMMC (one PCIe Gen 2)
256 GB NVMe SSD (four PCIe Gen 3)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (four PCIe Gen 3)
High-speed microSD card slot on all models
Controls and Inputs
Gamepad Controls A B X Y buttons
Cross Keys
L & R analog triggers
L & R Bumper
View & Menu buttons
4 assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks Capacitive full-size analog sticks (2)
Haptics 1000 Hz
L/R switch type HD haptics
Trackpad Rectangular trackpad with 32.5 mm haptic feedback (2 pcs)
55% less latency compared to Steam controllers
Pressure sensitive with click intensity settings
Gyro 6-axis IMU
Resolution 1280 x 800px (aspect ratio 16:10)
Type Optically coupled LCD for readability
Display size 7 inches (diagonal)
Brightness 400 nits (standard)
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Touch Support Yes
Sensor Ambient light sensor
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 (for controller, accessories, audio)
Wi-Fi Dual-band wireless Wi-Fi, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Channels Stereo with built-in DSP for an immersive listening experience
Microphone Dual array microphones
Headphone/Microphone Jack 3.5mm stereo headphone/headset jack
Digital Multi-channel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0
Power supply
Input 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
Battery 40Whr battery; 2-8 hours of gameplay
microSD UHS-I supports SD, SDXC, SDHC
External connections to controllers and displays USB-C with Alt mode support with DisplayPort 1.4: up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
Size and Weight
Dimensions 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight Approx. 669 grams
Operating System SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
Desktop KDE Plasma


Sorry, this article is only available in Japanese. at the moment.

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