Valve announces Steam Deck with AMD Zen2/RDNA2 APU

Published: Jul 15th 2021, 17:11 GMT   Comments

Steam Deck handheld console with Steam library on a go

Valve has just announced its Steam Deck handheld console featuring a 7-inch screen.

Just as the leaks have suggested, the device which was previously rumored as Steam Pal comes with an AMD Zen2 CPU and RDNA2 GPU.  The device is sunning on SteamOS 3.0 operating system which is based on Arch Linux distribution. This device is called Steam Deck, Valve’s new handheld gaming console.

According to official specs, Steam Deck offers a quad-core AMD Zen 2 CPU with up to 3.5 GHz boost and 8 GPU cores based on RDNA2 architecture with a boost up to 1.6 GHz. The power of this APU is reportedly 4 to 15W. Neither AMD nor Valve confirm whether this is AMD’s Van Gogh APU.

Steam Deck offers 16GB of LPDDR5 memory (5500 MT/s) and 64GB eMMC storage. Additionally, the device will offer 256GB of NVMe SSD or 512 GB NVMe SSD. Furthermore, each console has a high-speed micro SD card slot.

In terms of the screen, the device has a 7inch 1280 x 800 resolution panel with a 60 Hz refresh rate and 400 nits of peak brightness.

The reservations will start tomorrow while the device is expected to ship in December 2021. The device is also offered with a dock, but this product will be sold separately. Steam Deck will cost 399 USD for 64GB version, 529 USD for 256GB model and 649 USD for 512GB variant.

Steam Deck
ProcessorAMD CPU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAMRAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot
Gamepad controlsA B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
HapticsHD haptics
Trackpads2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro6-Axis IMU
Display7 inch
1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
400 nits peak brightness
60 Hz refresh rate
Touch Enabled
Ambient Light Sensor
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
AudioStereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Dual microphone array
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0
Power45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay
ExpansionMicroSD UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen
Size298mm x 117mm x 49mm
WeightApprox. 669 grams
Operating SystemSteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
DesktopKDA Plasma
Price64GB: 399 USD
256GB:  529 USD
512GB: 649 USD
Release DateReservations: July 16th
Shipping: December 2021

Source: Steam Deck

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