Steam Deck announced by Valve


Destroy Erase Improve
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I think we will just have to wait and see when actual hands-on reviews come. All videos so far seem to be mostly speculation.

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Portable? It's massive in size. Just LOOK at the big guy holding in IGN's video. Won't fit in your trouser pockets for sure! xD /s


I am more excited by the fact that it's a full blown PC, where theoretically we can wipe SteamOS to install any other OS like windows!
But surely, I am happy for the impact this shiny object could have on the Linux gaming.
You may need new drivers if it's Windows that you want to run. IINM it uses custom AMD silicon, and the IO parts (controller stuff mostly) may not be prepped for Windows. Not to mention power management, where tuned drivers are critical.

Also even though the SSD is replaceable, just how many manufacturers make high capacity units in the M2.2230 size? High density SSD chips are expensive, even if it's QLC.


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I think this would specially be great for gamers, new and old who've stacked up some old games in their library (like me) but not looking for the hassle to install and play them sitting in front of their PC. They can do that just on the move, and then play the more recent AAA games on their PC. Games few years old would not be taxing on the hardware either and play smoothly.
Yep the exact issue I have. I have a bunch of indies that I never play. This thing will be pretty costly here in India most likely. I've been thinking about just streaming to my iPad from my PC. A lot of those games get ported to iOS/Android but are priced very high compared to Steam. Switch ports prices are another thing altogether.


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Also in the new FAQs for Steam deck

What can you tell us about the BIOS and does it allow dual-boot?​

Multi-boot is supported - you can have multiple OSes installed and choose which one to boot into. Users will have access to the BIOS menu.

Can you boot an OS off the SD card?​

Yes, Steam Deck supports boot from microSD.


Destroy Erase Improve
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Feel Pain.
This was confirmed long time ago. Though IMO running Windows on it would be a very bad idea because of the bloat that Windows has

Yup, considering the hardware, they have certainly optimised steam os for that , windows with bloat like windows defender, updates and telemetry will slow it down.
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