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

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+