Valve Steam Deck handheld console gets December 2021 release date

The long rumored handheld Valve created console has been revealed. Called the Valve Steam Deck the new handheld is coming in December 2021. This handheld PC will allow players to play their Steam library on the go on what the company is the most powerful handheld device on the market.

Steam Deck Release Date and Details

Image showing the Valve Steam Deck.
Image via Valve.

The console announcement was posted by Valve on their Steam storefront. The handheld console reservations have begun in select regions: United States, Canada, EU, and the UK. More reservation regions are coming at a later date. Gamers that decide to pick up a Steam Deck will be able to order one console per customer.

As a console the Steam Deck is a powerful handheld gaming optimized machine. Valve teamed up with AMD to create a custom APU called the Zen 2+RDNA 2. This chip promises to deliver very efficient performance to run AAA titles.

The handheld console features a 7″ touchscreen, trackpads, and a gyro for tilt controls. Internals include 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD (faster), or 512GB NVMe SSD (fastest) storage. The console also comes with a large battery that can last for 7-8 hours, WiFi, Hi-Fi audio, USB-C jack, and expandable microSD.

An interesting aspect of the reveal is that there is a dock that can be purchased with the handheld. This dock allows you to connect to external displays, wired networks, peripherals, and power. This essentially makes it a sort of portable PC.

If you want to put your reservation in right now head over to the Steam store. You can put down a deposit to get a queue position to purchase the console once it goes live in the coming months.

Are you getting the Valve Steam Deck console? Let me know in the comments below.


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