The new Steam Deck portable gaming console combines cutting-edge technology with a user-friendly design.
Many of you will remember fondly the first handheld gaming systems. Of course, there were early pioneers like Donkey Kong and Auto Race, played on single-game consoles, but it wasn’t until Nintendo created the Game Boy that people started paying attention. Today, portable gaming continues to innovate despite the increasing capability of smartphones, and the latest release is sure to get gamers a little giddy.
Valve’s Steam Deck may have an odd name but it has great looks and plenty of punch. Its AMD-built Zen 2+ RDNA 2 chipset – which makes the savvy device a full-fledged Linux PC capable of running Windows – is wrapped around a beautiful seven-inch 1280 x 800 display and boasts a wide range of built-in controls including analog sticks, corner buttons and the iconic D-pad.
If you prefer not to be on the move, the new Steam Deck also has a dock (sold separately) and a USB-C port meaning you can connect the device to external displays, or a keyboard and mouse.
Running a new version of the SteamOS, the device can play all Steam games as well as games from other games stores, install apps, and even play media thanks to its stereo speakers, 3.5mm port, and dual mics. With 16GB of ram and a 40-hour battery life, this is a device that’s begging for a long commute or a visit to a doctor’s office near you.
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