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Everything you should know about Valve's Steam Deck

Everything you should know about Valve's Steam Deck

valve

steam

deck

will allow you to take your

steam

library anywhere here's

everything

you need to

know

before launch we

should

probably kick this video off by answering the most important question you might have what even is a

steam

deck

well it's a handheld console designed for pc gamers to access their

steam

library when they're untethered from their main computer like if a gaming laptop had a little baby with the nintendo switch what's inside let's talk about specs the

steam

deck

is equipped with an amd apu combining a zen 2 cpu with an rdna 2 gpu that rdna 2 gpu is the same one inside the ps5 and xbox series x and series s just with a little less compute units compared to the next-gen consoles but it's still pretty impressive stuff there's a 7-inch lcd touchscreen with a 1200 by 800 resolution 16 gigs of ram and three different storage capacities 64 256 and 512 gigabytes all of the three models have the same ram and apu so the only difference between them is how quickly you'll be accessing installed games and how many you can install plus a few extras i'll get to that in a minute a quick note on

steam

deck

storage options by the way the 64 gig base model uses emmc storage versus faster nvme storage on the two higher end models so if you think you really want one of these and you plan on playing bigger more resource intensive games that take up a lot of disk space factor that into your decision making process you'll thank me later ...
everything you should know about valve s steam deck
the design of the

steam

deck

itself is pretty rad if a tad bulky looking aside from the touch screen it has a micro sd card slot for storage expansion two precision track pads underneath the analog sticks a dedicated

steam

button and two additional buttons on the back of the device that's on top of the standard bumper slash trigger combo on top the usbc port on top isn't just for charging you can actually plug in peripherals like a keyboard or if you're feeling extra saucy a freaking fight stick if you want more ports there's even the

steam

dock a sold separately accessory that basically turns your

steam

deck

into a desktop pc running linux with additional ports now you

know

what it is and what's inside still interested let's talk about what you can do with the

steam

deck

and what you can't do the

steam

deck

runs on a custom linux distribution

steam

os which means this is a full-fledged portable pc with a custom operating system proton is the compatibility layer that makes it possible for windows games to run on linux hardware and

valve

says their goal is to get every single game on

steam

in playable condition at 30 frames per second or better on the

steam

deck

100 of

steam

that is an incredibly ambitious goal but the key word here is playable will it be glorious high-res 120 frames per second gaming probably not but playable is playable so i have to give

valve

credit where it's due but

steam

is only one game store what about

everything

else...
everything you should know about valve s steam deck
epic xbox origin uplaybattle.net well i am going to let

valve

answer that themselves take it away and

steam

deck

is not a walled garden you can install whatever you want on it including other apps and os's that's right if you want you can technically wipe the entire thing and install windows on it it's a pc remember genuinely one of the coolest most open portable consoles out there so huge kudos to

valve

for not locking

everything

down which i think is a major win for users give this video a big thumbs up if you want to see us install windows on a

steam

deck

in a future video so theoretically you can take this thing anywhere and play anything right even offline well kind of obviously you'll have to be online to download a game to the

steam

deck

and if you want to play online multiplayer well i hope i don't have to spell that one out for you if you're offline you'll also need a local save file or you'll need access to the game while connected to the internet in order to load a cloud save before starting an offline session

valve

also says some games are required to be launched in online mode as part of initial game startup before they'll work in offline mode usually because of some required update either to

steam

or the game itself so make sure you have all your day zero updates or day one patches fully installed before you go on a big road trip or to a cabin somewhere without internet access oh and one more important caveat some games...
everything you should know about valve s steam deck
employ anti-cheap measures and they need to be specifically configured for

steam

deck

for the game to work if you're still with me you're probably pretty interested in getting a

steam

deck

how much and when can you get it the

steam

deck

is competitively priced starting at 399 for the base 64 gigabyte model 529 for the 256 gig model and 649 for the 512 gigabyte model all of them again are the same uh they come with a carrying case but the two pricier versions do have a few extras i

know

the top of the line model has a premium screen anti-scratch might be a good idea you can pre-order one right now for just five bucks but your pre-order won't actually get you a

steam

deck

when it launches officially on february 25th cue the sad trombone music please yeah sad initial pre-orders opened up in the summer of last year and quickly pushed out the ship date at the time of this recording anyone pre-ordering a

steam

deck

isn't going to get it until quote after q2 2022 according to

valve

's landing page now i don't actually

know

if that means starting in q3 which would mean july of this year or if it means after the start of q2 which would be sometime after april 1st either way it's still a bit of a wait to get one but it only costs five dollars to hold the spot in line and when it's your turn you'll get an email from

valve

to confirm your order and pay the final balance so there's not too much risk if you're interested but not quite ready to...
commit however some corners of the internet have noticed that

valve

hasn't exactly been well successful when it comes to some of its previous hardware attempts over the years yes the index is a great vr headset but do you remember

steam

link

steam

controller and maybe the biggest flop of them all

steam

machines i can see where some folks might be hesitant about

steam

deck

and take a decidedly wait and see approach to its release and reception no one's gonna blame you there day one pre-order late to the party but excited or waiting to hear a more thorough verdict from your friends and favorite content creators before placing an order drop your thoughts down in the comments and be sure to subscribe to cnet's youtube channel for more great tech videos just about every day of the week i'm ashley esqueda be good humans