Valve’s Switch-Like ‘Steam Deck’ Is A Powerful Linux-Based Portable Gaming PC

Jul 19, 2021

Category: Tech

There’ve been rumors for some time that PC gaming giant Valve was developing a portable device of its own. What exactly it was to look like remained unclear, but now, just a little over a week after Nintendo unveiled its updated OLED model, it’s finally up for preorder.

Dubbed the ‘Steam Deck,’ it’s technically more of a handheld PC than it is a gaming console. That’s because, it’s built around an AMD processor and it runs Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS, meaning it can install any software and connect with any hardware — be it a mouse, a keyboard, or a monitor. Of course, current Steam users will have access to their full library of games, but they’ll also be able to play Windows titles thanks to the Deck’s built-in Proton compatibility tech. And when it comes to the controls, Valve has spared no expense, fitting it with two thumbsticks, a pair of trackpads, as well as a set of ABXY buttons, a D-pad, four back buttons, and two triggers per side. Oh, and it even comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a gyroscope for motion input. Available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage sizes, pricing starts at $399 with delivery slated for December.

Purchase: $399+

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Tech

Flint and Tinder’s Quilted Waxed Shirt Jacket Is Built for Year-Round Wear

Huckberry’s esteemed house brand makes use of waxed cotton from the pioneers behind it.

Posted By Yoni Yardeni

Partner

The 7 Best Minimalist Wallets For EDC [VIDEO]

Streamlined front-pocket wallets built to declutter your daily carry.

Posted By Gray Van Dyke

Partner
Featured Image

Garmin Updates Its Flagship Smartwatch with the Touchscreen Fenix 7 Series

The brand also unveiled its 2nd-generation Epix smartwatch.

Posted By

Jan 18, 2022

Featured Image

The 15 Best MagSafe-Compatible iPhone Cases You Can Buy Today

Make use of Apple's magnetic wireless charging tech with these handy cases.

Posted By

Jan 18, 2022

Featured Image

NordicTrack Releases the First-Ever Alexa-Controlled Smart Dumbbells

Voice-controlled dumbbells for hands-free adjusting.

Posted By

Jan 13, 2022

Featured Image

Garmin’s Tread Series Navigators Nabbed a CES 2022 Innovation Award

With enhanced all-terrain navigation and group communication.

Posted By

Jan 13, 2022