What has long been rumored has happened: Valve has unveiled a compact gaming console that will rival the Nintendo Switch. Interestingly, the Steam Deck announcement came just ten days after Nintendo unveiled the Switch OLED.

The Nintendo Switch has a worthy competitor.  AMD Steam Deck 7 '' Video Game Console Revealed

Like most modern game consoles, the Steam Deck is built on the AMD platform – the hardware platform is based on a 7nm APU (probably of the Van Gogh family) with four Zen 2 computing cores and eight RDNA 2 execution units (512 stream processors). The CPU supports multithreading and operates at 2.4-3.5 GHz, the GPU frequency is 1.0-1.6 GHz (performance is 1.6 TFLOPs). The TDP of the APU is 4-15W.

The Nintendo Switch has a worthy competitor.  AMD Steam Deck 7 '' Video Game Console Revealed

Despite the fact that the APU has only 8 execution units, it should work quite quickly due to the modern microarchitecture RDNA 2 and the use of fast LPDDR5 memory of 16 GB. The storage subsystem of the Steam Deck is interesting. The system storage is a rather slow 64GB eMMC module with PCIe Gen 2 x1 interface. It is complemented by a fairly fast 256GB or 512GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. The set-top box also received support for “high-speed” microSD cards.

The Nintendo Switch has a worthy competitor.  AMD Steam Deck 7 '' Video Game Console Revealed

The screen is clearly not the strongest point of the Steam Deck. The console received a 7-inch LCD touch panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels with a frame rate of 60 Hz and a brightness of 400 cd / m2.

The Nintendo Switch has a worthy competitor.  AMD Steam Deck 7 '' Video Game Console Revealed

Other characteristics of the Steam Deck are two microphones and stereo speakers, a USB-C port, a 40 Wh battery (autonomy is 2-8 hours) and support for 45 W charging. The console runs on SteamOS 3.0 and supports all games from the Steam catalog. It also has a PC mode – when connected to a monitor via DisplayPort.

The Nintendo Switch has a worthy competitor.  AMD Steam Deck 7 '' Video Game Console Revealed

The cost of the basic version (only with the 64 GB eMMC module) is $ 400, the top version (with the eMMC and 512 GB SSD) – $ 650. Pre-orders are already being accepted, with real sales starting in December.

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