An ultra-economical chip in architecture that has not yet been officially unveiled and competitive price tags characterize the most ambitious attempt to date to create an alternative toNintendo Switch in the PC world
Rumors about this have been floating around in the air for a long time, but the announcement itself comes like a thunderstorm on a clear day - Valve has its own new portable console that gets its name Steam Deck, and is designed to give players access to an almost endless gaming world in a portable configuration capable of competing with the soaring popularity of the Switch from Nintendo.
The consoleSteam Deck takes advantage of the platform owner's experience Steam As part of the development and promotion of its dedicated SteamOS system for gaming and as part of the development of the controllerSteam Controller - because it is based on the distribution of Arch's Arch Linux With the SteamOS 3.0 interface updated above it, and using a pair of touchpads on either side of the built-in display panel, along with the joysticks and buttons familiar to us from all the other modern game controllers.
Beyond that, as hardware enthusiasts the most interesting part for us in this new venture is the processing chip that makes it work - a unique APU of AMD With a declared power envelope of only 4 watts to 15 watts, consisting of four cores Zen 2 physical (and 8 logical cores thanks to SMT technology) at frequencies between 2.4GHz and 3.5GHz and a graphics core in the architectureRDNA 2 with 8 active processing clusters and a frequency of up to 1.6GHz designed to enable theoretical performance of 1.6TFLOPS under 32-bit accuracy considered most relevant for the representation of game running loads.
This is an impressive processing power in relation to the power envelope (similar to what you get in modern Ryzen 5 processors with a power envelope of between 10 watts and 54 watts), but it will still be interesting to find out how the preference of a Linux environment is adapted over an environment Windows More common and general will be able to influence and contribute to performance in order to ensure players a quality and worthy experience in as many titles as possible.
The Steam Deck is characterized by a black and fixed shell (i.e., without the ability to separate the control controllers from the screen as in the Nintendo Switch), with a 7-inch touch screen (it is not OLED, Unfortunately) with a modest 1,280 × 800 pixels resolution and with a relatively high average brightness of 400 nits, modern and agile LPDDR5 memory with a volume of 16GB and a speed of 5,500MT / s, storage Of between 64GB and 512GB plus a microSD slot for further expansion, speakers Built-in stereophones, connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac Dual Channel, Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless, built-in vibration motors and a built-in 40-watt-hour battery for between two and eight hours of play, directly dependent on the processing power required, which will dictate the power envelope for the integrated chip from its wide range.
The console is based on a connection USB A single built-in Type-C both for fast 45-watt charging and for connection to external displays - but there will also be a docking station that will expand the capabilities, for an additional fee
When Waleb turned to experimenting with the virtual reality world, she did so with a high-quality but distinctly expensive product - but here she decides to go the opposite way, it seems, with a recommended pricing starting at $ 400 (excluding tax surcharges) for a 64GB basic edition with somewhat basic storage In the eMMC standard, through $ 530 for an intermediate model with 256GB of NVMe storage and up to $ 650 for the most advanced version with 512GB in the NVMe standard. More expensive than the Switch which is priced at $ 300 now and at $ 350 soon with the launch of the editionOLED Improved - but close enough to signal that it is a real competitor, despite the fact that the same discounted $ 400 version may prevent players from installing a significant portion of modern AAA games due to a lack of available storage.
Pre-orders of theSteam Deck have already begun, with the initial announcement, when delivery of first devices should take place in December 2021 - and we have a reasonable estimate that consumers from Israel (and many other countries) will not have official access to purchase the platform, at least in the first phase of this interesting move. Is it worth starting and recruiting friends from North America in favor of a purchase, or is it better to give up the whole concept? Feel free to talk about it in the comments.