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  • Steam Deck is a Linux desktop trojan horse

    Switching from Windows to Linux is pretty easy nowadays -- unless you're a gamer. If you are into PC gaming, Windows is still the best operating system for maximum compatibility and performance. Gaming on Linux has gotten better thanks to Steam's Proton, but still, Windows clearly reigns supreme.

    With all of that said, Linux gaming is about to get much more possible. You see, Valve's new handheld gaming console is basically just a PC running an Arch Linux-based operating system. The OS is named "SteamOS" and it uses KDE Plasma.

  • There’s enough Steam Deck demand to take Steam’s store down

    Two Verge editors managed to get through the reservation process and put $5 in their Steam Wallet to reserve a Steam Deck, eventually, with a little luck and a lot of refreshing. Another made it through later in the day.

    The reservation system opted to lock out people with new or unused accounts for the first 48 hours, so it’s hard to know if the problems were caused by demand from real people who won’t let handhelds go, or if bot operators found some way around the block. One Verge editor confirmed that his credit card company wasn’t blocking the transaction, even after receiving Steam error messages suggesting that was the issue.

  • Valve's Steam Deck handheld is like a Nintendo Switch built by PC nerds

    The rumors were true. Valve officially pulled the curtain back on the Steam Deck on Thursday—a $399 gaming handheld designed to bring your Steam gaming library to the palms of your hands, powered by AMD hardware and Valve’s own Linux-based SteamOS operating system. Preorders open July 16, with shipments starting in December.

  • Netflix signals play plans with video exec hiring

    Mike Verdu was hired to take charge of video game development at the Silicon Valley company, which has openly called hits such as "Fortnite" competition for people's online entertainment time.

    Netflix has played with games before, releasing an interactive "Bandersnatch" episode of original series "Black Mirror" and also a free mobile game spinning off its hit "Stranger Things" shows.

The Deck is Valve’s Strongest Product Yet

  • The Deck is Valve’s Strongest Product Yet

    Yes, another Steam Deck post! This is going to be a short one because this time around I made a video to talk at length about what I consider relevant with that device and what this means for the future. I am very excited by this initiative and I hope you will better understand why after watching this. You can see it on Peertube below (or Youtube if you prefer):

And now by Bobby Borisov

  • Steam Deck by Valve: Portable Gaming Console That Runs Arch Linux

    Valve is getting into the handheld gaming business. Steam Deck is powered by some of the latest AMD architecture for top-notch AAA gaming action.

    Valve has taken Linux seriously for years now, and it looks like the Steam Deck is the company’s next big move. The company just announced the upcoming Steam Deck handheld gaming PC.

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  • Steam Deck Linux-Powered Gaming System Set to Take Over the Handheld World

    A Linux and KDE-powered portable gaming platform is set to be released by Valve.

    More than just a hand-held gaming system, the Steam Deck is a Linux-powered system, with a KDE interface, that can be docked and used as a regular PC. Steam Deck uses Proton as a compatibility layer to play Windows games on Linux, but users are free to replace it.

    The device specs include an AMD 4-core Zen 2 CPU, an 8-core RDNA 2 graphics unit, 16 GB of memory, a 7-inch 1280x800-resolution touchscreen. As far as game control, Steam Deck includes several trackpads, thumbsticks, buttons, and triggers. A 40Wh battery is said to allow anywhere from two to eight hours of use. The device is charged via a single USB-C port that doubles as the means to connect the Steam Deck to external monitors and docks.

Valve Announces Steam Deck Gaming Device

  • Valve Announces Steam Deck Gaming Device

    Valve recently announced the Steam Deck handheld gaming device, which ”brings the Steam games and features you love to a powerful and convenient form factor.”

    According to the website, Valve has partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck's custom accelerated processing unit (APU) for “the most powerful, full-featured gaming handheld in the world.”

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  • The Steam Deck Might Not Play All Games in Your Library

    As of now, the Steam Deck might play all of the games in the Steam Library, though the developers at Valve are working hard to make everything work.

    The Steam Deck is a portable gaming console. Its biggest selling point is its hardware specs capable of running even the most demanding PC games. So, if you’re the type of person who wants to play games on the go, this thing is ideal for you.

    That said, while there are many games to choose from, you might not get them running on this device.

  • Steam Deck SSD Replacement Possible on All Models

    Valve's upcoming handheld Steam Deck will allow its users to replace and upgrade its internal SSD with their own, although the company strongly recommends against it.

    The news was first brought to light by Valve's head Game Newell himself by responding to a redditor's inquiry about the system's SSD. The Steam Deck's website was later updated (spotted via VGC) to state that all models "use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement)."

  • Gadgets Weekly: Valve Steam Deck, Asus Chromebooks and more

    Out of the blue, Valve Corp on Thursday unveiled the company's first-ever hand-held gaming console Steam Deck, which competes directly with the popular Nintendo Switch series.

    The new Steam Deck sports wide 7.0-inch HD+ (1,280x800p) LCD panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It supports up to 60Hz display refresh rate, and offers close to 400 nits of peak brightness.

    Yes, the screen is touch-sensitive and also comes with an ambient light sensor, stereo speakers and a dual microphone array.

    Inside, it houses AMD's custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. The APU's power ranges from 4W to 15W, which promises to deliver more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games very efficiently.

Nvidia is paving the way for entirely GeForce-powered notebooks

  • The Nvidia Arm race has just put Microsoft, AMD, and Intel on notice

    Nvidia is paving the way for entirely GeForce-powered notebooks, potentially shoving Microsoft, Intel, and AMD aside in its quest for high-performance gaming laptops. The green team has now proven the power of both ray tracing and DLSS running in a Linux distro, on ARM-based silicon, with RTX graphics cards plumbed into them.

    And that should scare the crap out of everyone involved in the traditional Microsoft/x86 PC gaming monopoly.

    So yeah, it sure looks like GDC 2021 is kicking off with a bang, as Nvidia has today shown Wolfenstein: Youngblood running with ray traced reflections enabled, and DLSS in operation, on a system using an eight-core MediaTek CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU.

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  • Steam Big Picture will look like Steam Deck...eventually

    Nevertheless, Valve is clearly back on the development train with the Steam Deck coming down the tracks. The last public release of SteamOS was back in 2019 (if you can even believe it was kept alive that long) and SteamOS 3.0 will accompany the Steam Deck with this new UI and a whole new Arch Linux base underneath.

  • What Steam Deck Means for Chromebooks and Borealis

    Today, Valve made a huge announcement. The company announced Steam Deck, a portable game console powered by Linux and a Windows game compatibility program called Proton. Imagine a Nintendo Switch that can play over 50,000 PC games from the popular Steam library. That is the Steam Deck in a nutshell. It features an AMD processor with integrated graphics that have “enough performance to run the latest AAA games”, 16 GB RAM, up to 512 GB NVMe SSD storage, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, and a unique controller layout including two mouse touchpads. There’s a lot in this small little package! Prices start at $US 399.00 and it’ll be shipping this December.

  • Steam Deck Has M.2 Slot, Valve Inviting Partners

    As soon as the Steam Deck was announced last week, we emailed Valve’s press team to try and get additional information on the specifications and internals. That email went unanswered. Of course, the correct way to get information out of Valve, which is an unapproachable behemoth, is to just email CEO Gabe Newell himself.

    A user emailed Gabe Newell to ask whether M.2 slots would be on the Steam Deck. The answer was a simple “yes.” Valve later updated its Steam Deck page to clarify this information:

    “All models use socketed 2230 M.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement).”

    The “not intended” part is just the usual for product disassembly: You’ll have to take things apart, so the company stops recommending that. It does sound like we’ll be able to drop-in our own 2230 drives, though, so that’ll help buyers of the 64GB eMMC models. We’ll document all of this in our tear-down once we get the device. We’re on the backorder list for January, but if you get yours in December, let us know and we’ll either buy it off of you plus some extra or ask to borrow it.

    Confusingly, this contradicts the email Valve conducted with IGN previously -- although it’s not the first error from Valve in that interview. IGN asked if the storage is upgradeable, and Valve said “the internal storage is not,” then plugged the SD card slot. Maybe they meant it is “not*” with an asterisk for “it is, but you shouldn’t do it.”

    Separately, Newell has expressed interest in building-out the handheld Steam Decks as a wider ecosystem with partner involvement, like from Gigabyte, ASUS, or similar. Given that Steam itself isn’t that special -- it’s just a retailer, and certainly other large retailers have died overnight with a market shift -- and so Valve needs something unique to help cement its position. If only it got into game development, maybe one day it could make games and sell them on its own store. Just an idea.

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