Valve Steam Deck: Everything you need to know about the Switch competitor

There is still a lot to know about the Steam Deck.

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After a two months lateValves steam bridge is set for a Launching February 25. the Change-The portable PC gaming device is a hot commodity: the day after Valve’s announcement in July, so many people were trying to access the booking page that Valve’s servers went down for hours.

Ahead of launch, here’s what we know about the upcoming Steam Deck.


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When will Valve’s Steam Deck be released?

If you were quick and your reservation was in the first batch of Steam Decks, you can expect the device within a week. Valve said the Steam Deck will launch at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) on February 25. Units will begin shipping on February 28, with more releasing weekly.

The laptop PC Games the console was originally scheduled to ship in December. But Valve emailed customers on November 10, saying the device had been delayed two months.

Each pre-order received a release window based on when the reservation was made. the Steam Deck page on the Steam store will display the window for those who have already pre-ordered.

How long does the Steam Deck battery last?

Valve says the Steam Deck’s battery will last up to eight hours, depending on the games you’re playing. More graphics-intensive games require more power, especially at higher graphics settings.

The game Portal 2, for example, can be played on a Steam Deck for four hours at 60 frames per second. But if you drop the FPS to 30, it will last six hours, according to Valve.

Battery life for non-gaming activities is still unknown.


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Can I increase Steam Deck storage?

Yes. The Steam Deck has a microSD slot for enhanced storage. What we don’t know yet is what kind of microSD cards are needed. Some cards have faster read and write speeds than others.

We also don’t know if it will support larger microSD cards, such as a 1 TB cardthat can costs almost $200.

Will there be a way to switch from a Steam Deck game to a PC game?

Valve has added a new feature to Steam in preparation for the launch of the Steam Deck called Dynamic cloud synchronization. This feature allows a player to pause their game on their Steam Deck and immediately pick up where they left off on their PC or laptop. Dynamic Cloud Sync, however, is only available on games where developers implement it.

Can I use an Xbox or PlayStation controller with a Steam Deck?

Using Bluetooth, a variety of devices can work with the Steam Deck, such as game controllers and headphones.

Does the Steam Deck output 4K to a TV?

The Steam Deck can actually go up to 8K through its USB-C port. It supports 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz.

Can I use the Steam Deck as a desktop PC?

Sure. The Steam Deck is itself a portable PC. It uses Valve’s SteamOS, which is based on Linux, so if you are familiar with this system, you can directly use it as a PC.

If you’re unfamiliar with Linux, Valve says you can install Windows. But it’s not yet clear if the Windows experience on a Steam Deck will be the same as on your desktop or laptop.

Should I risk buying Valve hardware?

It depends on whether you want to put your money behind a company that has done amazing things with its software but made questionable decisions with its hardware.

In 2014, Valve revealed that it was getting into the hardware business with its Steam engines. Excitement for the Steam-focused gaming devices was initially high, but petered out when it became clear they would only come with SteamOS and not the typical Windows OS, so making devices unable to play even the newest games because they were not compatible.

With the steam engine came the steam controller, a customizable controller that could work with a variety of games, but it had a steep learning curve, which made it unpopular among gamers. In 2019, Valve sold the Steam Controller for just $5 during one of its sales, ostensibly to empty its inventory.

the steam link was another Valve device designed to stream computer games to your TV. While it worked, a gaming PC still had to be part of the equation, and there was an input lag issue. Valve eventually replaced the hardware with its Steam Link Appbut it’s still not the smoothest experience.

While Valve’s track record may not be ideal, portable gaming devices are of interest to hardware makers, thanks to the success of the Nintendo Switch. the Razer Edge and Nvidia Shield were the first attempts at this design in 2013. Last year, Dell tried its hand with the Alienware Concept UFO Prototype.

Since the Steam Deck booking platform got bogged down on Valve’s site when it first went live, there is a clear demand for portable gaming devices to play PC games.