Steam deck by valve full In-depth Review
The Steam deck from Valve is one of the most powerful and cheapest handheld PC gaming consoles that can run PC AAA games smoothly with little tweaks at 60fps with no lags. The Steam deck runs on SteamOS 3.0 based on Linux OS. unlike the Nintendo Switch, the Steam deck can also run other games vis their emulator, including Gamecube, PlayStation 3, PSP, PS2, and much more. The Steam deck can function without you having a Steam account which will give you access to the Steam game library and can also install Windows 11 but some features might not work due to the unavailability of their drivers
The Steam Deck Handheld comes in three variants: the 64GB steam deck, 256 GB, and 512 GB versions with the same spec but with different memory that can be extended via MMC.
How to play non-steam games on the Steam deck
The Steam deck is designed in such a way that Steam users can run AAA PC games on the handheld without having a Steam account using the lutris which can be used to run Origin, Ubisoft, and Epic Games on Linux os and use protonup-qt to enhance the game speed and graphic which can be downloaded from the flatpack manager. With proper settings, most games will run on 60fps on the stream handheld and this includes games like Cyberpunk, God of War, Call of Duty
Steam Deck Specification
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: 4-15WRAM16 GB LPDDR5 on-board RAM (5500 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)Storage64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4 or PCIe Gen 3 x2*)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4 or PCIe Gen 3 x2*)
All models use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement)
All models include a high-speed microSD card slot
*Some 256GB and 512GB models ship with a PCIe Gen 3 x2 SSD. In our testing, we did not see any impact on gaming performance between x2 and x4.
Controls and Input
Gamepad controls A B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttonsThumbsticks2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touchHapticsHD hapticsTrackpads2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strengthGyro6-Axis IMU
Resolution1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)TypeOptically bonded IPS LCD for enhanced readabilityDisplay size7″ diagonalBrightness400 nits typicalRefresh rate60HzTouch enabledYesSensorsAmbient light sensor
Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories, and audio)Wi-FiDual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
ChannelsStereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experienceMicrophonesDual microphone arrayHeadphone / mic jack3.5mm stereo headphone/headset jackDigitalMultichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0
Input45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supplyBattery40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay
microSDUHS-I supports SD, SDXC, and SDHC External connectivity for
controllers & displays USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
Size and Weight
Size 298 mm x 117mm x 49mm Weight Approx. 669 grams
Operating SystemSteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)DesktopKDE Plasma
Does the steam deck have expandable storage
The memory of the steam deck can be extended with an external MMC of up to 1terebyte or more with the MMC slot provided.
Advantages of owing a steam deck
Dock ability: The steam can be connected to a bigger screen using its HDMI docking cable, scaling it to 4k resolution although the refresh rate will drop, it can be used. It can also replace your personal pc and laptop both for gaming and workspace.
Mobility: The steam deck is portable and can be moved around
Support Vast Gaming Environment: The Steam deck not only support team games but can be used to play a lot of game title across different gaming platform either through the use of an emulator or direct from the desktop.
List of steam Games that work well on the Steam deck
- God of War
- Call of Duty Ghost
- Red Redemption 2
- Dying light 2 stay human
- Elden Ring
- GTA 5
- Ultimate Doom
RetroDeck on Steam Deck
RetroDECK is an emulator that allows Steam deck users who still fancy retro games to run it on the Steam Handheld console.