Steam Deck is reality: amid conflicting opinions, doubts and confusion, the new console from Valve. The announcement comes a very short distance from the chaos unleashed by the new model of the Japanese hybrid – not so new – Nintendo Switch OLED of which we have spoken thoroughly and in a very critical way. We have dealt with the technical differences in detail, taking into account the needs of the various levels of users and today fwe will be the same for Steam Deck. There is a lot of confusion, some argue that Valve has decided to exploit the dissatisfaction of Nintendo users by launching the new product on the market: that’s it, or maybe.
Trying to combine the technical specifications with the videogame parterre made available and the users to which the portable console refers, we will be able to to understand if Valve’s new creation is worth buying or not; in particular we will keep in mind the cases in which it is more sensible to reflect on the purchase and those for which it is not recommended.
The Steam Deck technical specifications
Before we can talk about a comparison with other consoles, we need to start from the basic information, understand them, and consequently draw the first conclusions about it. For the base price of 419 Euros (the first of the three models that change only for SSD capacity) you have in console: Zen 2 RDNA 2 APU developed with AMD, 7-inch touch screen, micro SD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C port for accessories and 64GB SSD. If you want to increase the internal memory, you can opt for the version with 256GB or for the one with 512GB. Below you will find the official photo with all the specified features.
Basically it is not a “normal” console but a real PC portable mode: a computer in its Switch version, but only and solely for its aesthetic aspect, for nothing else. Some who have already tried the product have talked about a stability of the games capable of making them even reach 60 fps. A product designed differently, with very different technical possibilities from any portable console and capable of giving access to the entire Steam library. Clearly, those who have one already well-stocked find themselves particularly advantaged and most likely it is the perfect target to which Valve wants to refer.
Is the console competing with the Nintendo Switch?
The time has come for the long-awaited question that has sparked an uproar in the community: it is a product that really want to compete with the Switch? Absolutely not. As we have seen from the technical specifications Steam Deck is a PC with very high performance but “reduced” to a 7-inch screen, nothing to do with the limitations that distinguish Switch. The only element in common with the big N is portability, but as we were specifying in the upper paragraph: the user to whom you want to sell the console signed by Valve is quite distinct from the Nintendo community and its market needs.
Steam Deck mainly wants to give the possibility to play in a comfortable and simple way the products of a large library that many users have been setting up for years, including indie and AAA video games. At the marketing and service proposal level there is practically nothing in common: as always it was general chaos and creating real feuds on the basis of nothing. As far as we are concerned, it is unlikely that these two products will ever be able to conflict, even in the coming year.
Must have or flop? A middle
Let’s get to the gist of this article and the practical part: should you take Steam Deck or not? The answer is yes, mainly if you are a user of multi-platform games and already own a parterre vast of games on Steam from which to draw freely. In cases other than this it is certainly not a must have console, but neither is it a flop. Wanting to approach portability, the Valve product is not so discouraged since it is a small but very high quality PC. But starting from a base price of 419 Euros, plus the purchases to be made on the Steam store if you have not used it before … let’s say that the expense beats the utility. Furthermore i doubts about compatibility with the entire parterre of the store there are indeed, Valve has not yet confirmed or denied anything but this is undoubtedly another negative point, always and above all if you are not regular users of the platform even before the possible purchase.