Valve’s Nintendo Switch-Like Gaming Steam Deck Starts Shipping in December 2021

Published 07/16/2021, 3:39 AM EDT


Valve has stepped into the console industry with its upcoming Steam deck that seems to be inspired by the Nintendo Switch. Following months of anticipation, the American developer has finally announced the price and shipping dates of the portable gaming device.

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The Steam Deck will start shipping in December, and the reservations for the same begin on July 16 at 1 PM ET. There are three distinct models that cost $399, $529, and $649. These variants have similar graphics, but offer 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB SSD storage options, respectively.

Here is everything you should expect from the upcoming Steam Deck from Valve. 

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Valve’s Steam Deck offers a wide range of controls and long-lasting battery life

To say the least, Valve’s Steam Deck is a high-tech device. It boasts a massive 7-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen for 720p gameplay, which is surrounded by two thumbsticks, two trackpads for FPS games, ABXY buttons, and a D-pad. Moreover, there’s a gyroscope that will significantly help in motion controls.

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Just like the Nintendo Switch, Valve’s Steam Deck will have two shoulder triggers on each side, built-in microphones, and four back buttons.

If you’re used to gaming for long hours, the Steam Deck is undoubtedly a great device for you. As per Valve, its upcoming console can run 2D games, stream, and support web browsing for 7-8 hours. It can run games such as Portal 2 on 30 FPS from 5 to 6 hours, but this number drops as you increase the graphics settings.

Another major highlight of the upcoming device is its quick suspend/resume feature. As the name suggests, players can pause their game anytime, put the device to sleep mode, and continue from where they left off later.

How to pre-order Valve’s portable gaming PC?

It is worth noting that the registrations that go live on July 16 aren’t exactly pre-order windows. Instead, they will simply register you in a list of people that can pre-order the device as soon as stock becomes available. To avoid the wrath of scammers, reservations are only accessible to accounts that have Steam account purchases before June 2021.

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The United States, Canada, UK, and the EU will the first regions in the world where Valve will ship the Steam Deck.

All in all, Valve’s Steam Deck seems like the perfect all-in-one portable PC gaming. It will certainly give tough competition to the brand-new Nintendo Switch console, that begins shipping on October 8.

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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