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Valve’s Steam Deck is 7-inch Handheld Linux Gaming PC

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Today Valve announced the Steam Deck, a handheld Linux gaming PC that’s loaded with a custom-built AMD chip for top-tier AAA gaming action.

And it looks pretty frickin’ special!

Companies like GPD, oDroid, and Nintendo have proven there’s a viable market for powerful handheld gaming. And Valve, makers of Steam, were clearly paying attention.

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    Valve's newly-announced Steam Deck has a nice bonus for Linux gamers — it's helping to improve Linux anti-cheat by working with Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye to provide Proton support for their software.

    The Steam Deck was announced earlier today as a new handheld gaming PC from Valve. Aiming to launch later this year, it looks like a pretty powerful little device. However, there's one important problem that's not immediately evident to most gamers: it uses a Linux-based operating system and many anti-cheat solutions do not work on Linux. That means that you would have a hard time playing some of your favorite games, but worry not — Valve is working on a solution.

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  • Steam Deck revealed: Handheld gaming PC from Valve lets you game anywhere

    In what could be the biggest surprise of 2021, Valve just announced a new handheld gaming console. The Steam Deck looks like a Nintendo Switch crossed with a Sega Game Gear.

    The device will allow you to play your entire Steam library from anywhere. It is not a cloud-based system: the hardware inside runs games on-device. This is possible through custom AMD hardware. Valve says it is powerful enough to run the latest AAA games with high power efficiency.

Valve Announces Steam Deck As Portable SteamOS + AMD Powered...

  • Valve Announces Steam Deck As Portable SteamOS + AMD Powered Portable PC

    Following months of rumors about new gaming hardware from Valve, today they announced Steam Deck as a new handheld PC gaming device starting at $399.

    The Steam Deck is an all-in-one portable PC with a custom AMD SoC and, of course, running SteamOS. Steam Deck is focused, of course, for running Steam but also advertised as an "open PC" that can run other software too.

Valve has formally announced the Steam Deck

  • Valve has formally announced the Steam Deck, a portable handheld console with SteamOS

    Well today is the big day. Valve has now formally revealed the Steam Deck, a portable handheld gaming console powered by a new version of their Linux-based SteamOS operating system.

    "We think Steam Deck gives people another way to play the games they love on a high-performance device at a great price," says Valve founder Gabe Newell. "As a gamer, this is a product I've always wanted. And as a game developer, it's the mobile device I've always wanted for our partners."

  • Valve’s gaming handheld is called the Steam Deck and it’s shipping in December

    Valve just announced the Steam Deck, its long-rumored Switch-like handheld gaming device. It will begin shipping in December and reservations open July 16th at 1PM ET. It starts at $399, and you can buy it in $529 and $649 models as well.

    The device has an AMD APU containing a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and eight compute units’ worth of AMD RDNA 2 graphics, alongside 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There are three different storage tiers: 64GB eMMC storage for $399, 256GB NVMe SSD storage for $529, and 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD storage for $649, according to Valve. You can also expand the available storage using the high-speed microSD card slot.

Valve Announces Handheld Linux Gaming with The Steam Deck...

BIGGEST LINUX GAMING NEWS IN YEARS.

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  • Steam Deck is an AMD-powered handheld PC from Valve that runs KDE on Arch Linux

    Valve has taken the wraps off a portable PC it has called Steam Deck, which is set to begin shipping in the US, Canada, EU, and UK in December.

    Ostensibly a handheld gaming device that is in the same realm as the Nintendo Switch, under the hood, the Steam Deck runs SteamOS 3.0, a new version based on Arch Linux, with KDE Plasma used for desktop mode.

    While Valve has said the Linux system will use its Proton compatibility layer to run games designed for Windows, the company said users are free to replace it.

    "Steam Deck is a PC, and players will be able to install whatever they like, including other OSes," it said.

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  • Steam Deck & Linux: Valve Working With BattlEye & EAC To Get Support For Proton

    Valve has announced Steam Deck, a handheld console that will compete with the likes of Nintendo Switch OLED. The announcement came as a surprise today as we didn’t witness any leaks for the device before. The console starts at $399 for the base 64GB storage variant and goes to $649 for the model with maxed-out specs.

    And, no, the 64GB variant isn’t great as per 2021 standards, but what’s great is that the console is powered by Arch-based SteamOS 3.0 and KDE Plasma on top.

Valve Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC that runs SteamOS

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  • Valve officially announces Steam Deck, its handheld gaming PC releasing this December

    The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) wasn't the "Pro" upgrade many expected it to be with 4K support and new internals but before its announcement, other handhelds aimed to take the role of the "Switch Pro". The AYA NEO and GPD Win 3 are among those devices shooting for that nickname since they are able to run recent AAA PC games on the go, given that they are handheld gaming PCs. Their efforts and popularity, although niche, enticed companies like Lenovo and Tencent to make similar concepts or patents; indicating that these indie companies might have more serious competition in the future.

    It seems like this will indeed be the case and these handheld gaming PC manufacturers will need to brace themselves as Valve is itself entering this market with a Valve-branded handheld gaming PC. This news was actually reported back in May and today we have the official confirmation. In a Steam post today, Valve revealed the Steam Deck, an AMD-based handheld gaming PC that is expected to begin shipping in December 2021 in select regions.

By Simon Sharwood

  • Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

    Gaming house Steam has just revealed a rather intriguing portable PC.

    The "Steam Deck" boasts an AMD "accelerated processing unit" (APU) that incorporates four Zen cores that run at between 2.4GHz and 3.5GHz, plus an AMD RDNA 2 GPU and a substantial 16GB of RAM.

    An RJ45 Ethernet socket, single USB-C and USB-A connectors, DisplayPort, and HDMI sockets connect the machine to the wired world. WiFi and Bluetooth handle the wireless side of things.

    The seven-inch touch screen offers 1280x800px resolution at 400 nits brightness. The included battery can hold 40 watt-hours of energy.

Here’s how to pre-order your Steam Deck (it’s a bit complicated)

  • Here’s how to pre-order your Steam Deck (it’s a bit complicated)

    Earlier today, Steam parent company Valve surprised us all with the announcement of a new handheld gaming PC console. The Steam Deck looks like a Nintendo Switch but packs way more power under the hood — enough to play most AAA titles.

    At first, Valve said that pre-orders would start tomorrow, July 16, with shipments happening sometime in December. However, the company provided no other details. Now, though, we have the full procedure for Steam Deck pre-orders, and they’re a bit complicated.

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  • The Valve Steam Deck, lots of excitement and plenty to think about for Linux gaming

    Now that Valve has actually revealed the Steam Deck, we finally know what all their recent Linux work has been for over the last few years. We have some thoughts to share on it both positive and negative.

    It's probably the most exciting thing to happen for Linux gaming in a very long time, in fact, probably the most interesting since Valve originally announced Steam Play Proton back in August of 2018. With SteamOS 3 being based upon Arch Linux, along with KDE Plasma for the desktop mode, it's a fantastic sounding device overall.

From German media

  • Steam Deck: Valve shows mobile Linux console as a switch alternative

    Valve announced a mobile game console called Steam Deck. The model of the Linux system is obviously the Nintendo Switch. Like the hybrid console from Nintendo, the Steam Deck can also be used on the go or connected to the television via a docking station. Because the Steam Deck has a USB-C connection, it can also be plugged directly into an HDMI input using a suitable cable.

    Valve sells the Steam Deck with 64 GB of eMMC storage space for 420 euros. If you want an SSD with 256 GB of storage space, you pay 550 euros, the most expensive variant costs 680 euros and has 512 GB of NVMe storage space. The rest of the hardware does not differ between the models: All three models are powered by an AMD APU with a four-core Zen-2 CPU and RDNA2 graphics, the RAM has a large 16 GB LPDDR5 memory. The steam deck measures 298 x 117 x 49 millimeters and weighs 670 grams.

I cannot get over Valve’s aggressive pricing for the Steam Deck

  • I cannot get over Valve’s aggressive pricing for the Steam Deck

    Valve has a new handheld, and I’m shocked by its price more than anything else. The Steam Deck is launching this December starting at $400. And that price gets you the 64GB model and a Nintendo Switch-like handheld running modern AMD hardware. This includes the following list of specs for the Steam Deck, which runs the Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3.0...

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    But then, how is this machine only $400. Even if you go a step up to the faster NVME SSD storage at $529 (256GB) and $649 (512GB), the Steam Deck is still incredibly affordable compared to similar devices.

    The Aya Neo is a similar device that costs about $900, and yet it only has Vega 6 graphics. That is fine, but Vega 6 is multiple generations behind RDNA 2. And the $1,140 GPD Win 3 uses Intel Irix Xe graphics, which are impressive compared to older integrated Core GPUs, but it isn’t in the same league as RDNA 2.

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Steam Deck website Easter egg pokes fun at the "SteamPal" leak

  • Steam Deck website Easter egg pokes fun at the "SteamPal" leak

    The Steam Deck website has an Easter egg that proves Valve isn't afraid of making a few jokes at its own expense, even when it comes to leaks.

    If you head to the official site's software page, then scroll down to the section with the heading "A new Steam operating system," you'll see it ends with a linked passage saying "Hold on to your butts!" Click the text, which is a reference to Samuel L. Jackson's famous line in Jurassic Park, and a new subsection will roll out with another Jurassic Park reference to go more in-depth on how Steam Deck uses a Linux operating system. OK, so it was a UNIX system in the movie, but close enough.

    The fold-out Linux section is illustrated with an image of two people looking at an old CRT computer monitor with a very familiar, very Hollywood-looking computer interface. It's another Jurassic Park reference, but we need to go deeper. On the side of the screen is a picture of the G-Man from Half-Life looking smug and smoking a pipe, and there are some sticky notes above and below his picture.

Steam Deck isn’t just bad news for the Nintendo Switch

  • Steam Deck isn’t just bad news for the Nintendo Switch – Windows 11 better watch out as well

    While a lot has been made of how the new Steam Deck could take on the Nintendo Switch when it comes to handheld gaming, what’s perhaps most exciting is what it could do for Linux gaming.

    The Steam Deck runs Steam OS, an operating system built by Valve and based on Arch Linux. Steam OS has been around for a while now – though you might not have known it. Originally a Debian-based Linux distro, Steam OS was originally conceived as an alternative to Windows 10 that gamers would use, either installing it on their own gaming PCs, or by buying a Steam Box gaming device.

Steam Deck: How Proton will make your Steam games shine on Valve

  • Steam Deck: How Proton will make your Steam games shine on Valve’s handheld

    Valve just announced the upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC. Pre-orders also went live to varying degrees of success, but word has it that a lot of people are interested in Valve's latest hardware push, and for good reason.

    But the Steam Deck doesn't run Windows, so how exactly is it going to play most games in the Steam library? It comes to software called Proton, which is essentially a compatibility layer that allows the Linux-based operating system to play Windows games.

What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck's live-or-die Linux..

  • What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck's live-or-die Linux software, explained

    Looking at the spec sheet alone, the just-revealed $399 Steam Deck gaming handheld should be a winner. Valve’s PC-centric Nintendo Switch rival features a big 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of control inputs, an all-AMD chip based on the same hardware inside the Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5, and the ability to double as a full-fledged Linux PC. But forget the hardware. While it’s impressive indeed, the Steam Deck will sink or swim based on its software, and that means Valve awesome Proton technology is about to be thrust into the spotlight.

Steam Deck: How Proton will make your Steam games...

  • Steam Deck: How Proton will make your Steam games shine on Valve’s handheld

    Valve just announced the upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC. Pre-orders also went live to varying degrees of success, but word has it that a lot of people are interested in Valve’s latest hardware push, and for good reason.

    But the Steam Deck doesn’t run Windows, so how exactly is it going to play most games in the Steam library? It comes to software called Proton, which is essentially a compatibility layer that allows the Linux-based operating system to play Windows games.

    Proton, and the Steam OS Linux distro that accompanies it, isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for a few years, making waves in the Linux gaming community a few years ago. It simplified PC gaming outside of Microsoft’s scope and it’s gotten so much better in the days since.

    However, Proton has limitations, which we’ll get into in just a second. But it’s important to understand that it means that the Steam Deck could see infinitely greater success than the ill-fated Steam Machines. Valve has taken Linux seriously for years now, and it looks like the Steam Deck is the company’s next big push.

A warning for the Steam Deck: Remember the Steam Machines

  • A warning for the Steam Deck: Remember the Steam Machines

    I'm sure it hasn't escaped your attention that Valve has announced its latest foray into the PC hardware world, the Steam Deck. It's a handheld gaming PC, running its own version of the SteamOS, and is proving somewhat divisive among the PC Gamer team. This isn't Valve's first hardware rodeo, however, as the creator of Gordon Freeman and Steam itself has also readily turned its hand to tech in recent times.

    Admittedly to lesser or greater levels of success. But let's be charitable and start with what Valve has excelled at: VR.

Pre-ordered a Steam Deck? Here’s how to find out which games...

  • Pre-ordered a Steam Deck? Here’s how to find out which games will run on it

    Valve shook the gaming world when it revealed the Steam Deck, a handheld that’s essentially a portable PC. The Steam Deck console lets players access their Steam libraries on the go, and looks positioned to give the Nintendo Switch a serious run for its money when it releases sometime during December 2021.

    But with some reports that certain games might not be able to run on the Steam Deck, including Destiny 2 and Apex Legends, how can you be sure your favorite go-to games will be playable at all?

    Fear not, as there’s a relatively simple way to find out ahead of time if your most beloved Steam games are compatible with the Deck, and it lies within the fact that SteamOS (the Steam Deck’s operating system) is powered by Linux.

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  • Latest Steam Client Beta Adds a Storage Manager, Linux Improvements

    Valve released a Steam Client Beta update that introduces a Storage Manager, updated the Downloads page, and made other improvements that seem intended to prepare the platform for the release of the new Steam Deck handheld gaming device later this year.

    The new Storage Manager is supposed to allow Steam users to "better manage various game content installed on your drives," as Valve puts it, by making it easier to see what exactly is installed on each drive. That could prove vital for the Steam Deck, which ships with 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB of onboard storage that can be supplemented by a microSD card.

    Valve also made significant changes to the Downloads page. In addition to user interface tweaks meant to highlight the game that's currently being downloaded, the new page adds drag-and-drop support for reordering the update queue, changes the Latest News button to a Patch Notes button, and makes it easier to view the contents of an update, among other things.

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