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Yesterday, Valve quietly dropped it's answer to the Nintendo Switch.


you can suck my steam DICK


One more project for gaben to abandon in 14 months


Makes sense, most people cant afford gaming PCs


I wanna hack it


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Apparently it's not locked down and you can install your own Linux on it.
That's makes it an appealing device, the hardware specs are pretty substantial as well.

For me it kinda competes with this:
because both are portable Linux devices

There is no ethical consumption under capitalism, but buying from nintendo definitely is evil consumption.


I just want GPUs to become affordable again.


They want to push ARM cancer so mobile games take over


I don't really see the point in it, Steam games aren't designed for mobile play so the experience is not gonna be that good.


For many it will be good enough as the only difference would be a smaller screen with an abnormal aspect ratio.


What's the battery life?


I actually really like this device and hope it sells well. I just can't justify buying one. I already own a switch, vita, ps4 and PC. All hacked with pirated games. If I owned one, I'd probably use it a lot, but buying one seems wasteful.


what's up with the B button?


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Finally, I can have a completely inferior experience on a smaller screen and with worse controls, all thanks to DRM. Praise Gaben!


It looks like shit


By launch you'd already have people replacing SteamOS with Arch and have SteamDeck running games outside of Steam.


I can see this being very convenient to desktop users (and even notebook ones that can't be bothered to carry it out around). Outside that, i can only imagine this appealing to consoomers.


make an ergodox keyboard dock and you got yourself a cyberdeck


Having a smaller screen sounds shitty though, PC games aren't designed like that. I guess some people will put up with it though.

You don't really need it, best to play games on portable devices that are actually designed to be portable, leave PC games for your PC.


I actually play the majority of my ps4 and pc games on my vita through remote play. It's not optimal, especially ps4, but I don't have any problems navigating menus or reading subtitles.


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I wonder if you could stick both halfs of a small split keyboard on the back of it with doubled sided sticky tape and type with your fingers behind the screen.


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Already done.


<buying any electronics in the middle of a shortage
<buying any luxury goods in the middle of accelerating inflation


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i meant like this


Inflation literally isn't real.


>hack it
If you bothered reading the description they quite explicitly say the Steam Deck is just a PC and you can install whatever you want on it.


Maduro you should focus more on managing Venezuela lots of people are angry.


But does it keep my fast food hot?


Imagine replacing Arch+KDE with Void+dwm and having the battery last twice as long.


Who is the market for this?


People that don't own a decent computer, i guess.

But i don't speak dollars, so i have no clue if it is actually worth the price compared to a PC (or console).


Just look up the current prices of GPUs.


well, the one positive thing is it'd probably be easy to emulate a switch on
other than that its just a pretty inferior laptop


emulation deck, already signed up for the order queue


It's for people who like comfy gaming in bed - it would be odd to play the likes of control or RDD on it (despite it being marketed as able to), but it'll handle any Switch/WiiU game and all previous console gen games fine. Playing old rpgs with a handheld is a really comfy experience.


Also it shouldn't be too hard to set up hardware h264 streaming from your desktop (like Steam's remote play) with already available open source options as well


Steam OS is just Debian with a more streamlined UI for your steam library you can drop down to shell and install whatever. It's literally an x86 computer running Linux.


Ahem, SteamOS is Arch now.


Due to the policy to prevent scalping wouldn't that mean the console would be tied to your Steam account?


Can I plug a keyboard and mouse into it?


It comes with a single USB-C port it seems so yes.


you'll need a usb-c hub / dock extension do so; they've reiterated numerous times any off-the-shelf components will work (seeing at how it's just 'handheld PC') but they'll be selling their own dock separately.


Can it play half life 3?


half life what?


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Yeah the most basic model costs that much, but nowadays many AAA video games are so bloated that you can't even fit them on a 64GB hard drive. If you don't know beforehand that you will only play storage-friendly games, then buying an SD card (the only way to extend storage space) is a requirement. At which point why not just buy a more pricey model?

>Steam Deck's onboard 40 watt-hour battery provides several hours of play time for most games. For lighter use cases like game streaming, smaller 2D games, or web browsing, you can expect to get the maximum battery life of approximately 7-8 hours.
"Several" most likely means two.


I assume they mean Alyx? They haven't said much in terms of VR functionality but my guess is don't try it.
PR says they ran Portal 2 for 4 hours iirc.


Also from what I hear eMMC is garbage; anyone who reserves the $400 version is likely doing so with the intention of investing in a larger SD card down the line.


Yeah, games that can load all their hot assets on the 16 gigs of RAM should be fine, but newer open world games loading assets from storage on the fly will probably have issues even if they fit on the drive. The storage space itself isn't that big of an issue cuz you can expand it with an SD card, but that'll have even worse throughput than emmc.


Why would you not buy an SD card in the first place? I'm actually more surprised the main storage isn't on a microSD card too with a second slot on the outside like e-readers do.


Is nvme SSD good? For a portable console you'd think they'd go for SD storage tbh


In general NVME SDD are significantly faster then SD cards as flash card technology was never built with throughput in mind with only the most high end SD cards even matching SATA III speeds.


Well shit. Does nvme technology also consume less electricity?


Of course it does!


I wonder how long it will be before I can get a second hand one at a reasonable price.


2-3 years

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