Valve announces Linux based gaming handheld called the Steam Deck

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  1. hawki

    hawki Registered Member

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    "Valve just announced the Steam Deck, its long-rumored Switch-like handheld gaming device...

    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, 256GB NVMe SSD storage, and 512GB of high-speed NVME SSD storage...

    The front of the Steam Deck has...a 7-inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen for 720p gameplay.

    The actual OS is based on Linux, and will use Proton as a compatibility layer to allow Windows-based games to run...

    Ultimately, though, the Steam Deck is still a full-fledged Linux computer, meaning that more technical users will be able to jump out to the regular Linux desktop, too. Valve notes that you’ll be able to plug in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, and install other game stores, regular PC software, browse the web, and more..."

    https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/15/22578783/valve-steam-deck-gaming-handheld-pc
     
  2. hawki

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    "Valve's Servers [Fail]...due to Steam Deck Demand

    Yesterday, Valve countered the upcoming arrival of the OLED Switch with its own PC-based gaming handheld console, the $400 Steam Deck. Reservations opened today, and it seems the Steam store just can’t keep up.

    Almost immediately after reservations for the Steam Deck went live at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Twitter was flooded with frustrated posts from potential customers saying they couldn’t complete their reservation, often running into multiple errors or purchase screens that timed out before fully checking out...

    Steam’s user base has ballooned to more than 120 million monthly users in 2020, so it probably shouldn’t have been a big shock to see Valve’s servers falter when presented with such a huge influx of reservations..."

    https://gizmodo.com/valves-servers-****-the-bed-due-to-steam-deck-demand-1847308804
     
  3. Rasheed187

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    I think it looks interesting, let's see if this will become a serious competitor to Nintendo Switch.
     
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