Although Steam Deck has been released in other countries, with gameplay available all over the internet, Aussies still have to wait a bit for the console to go down.
Does it provide a great gaming experience, though? Some of us need confirmation beyond the hype: proof that it can play games well, unlike Valve’s B-roll models playing a Switch-like device.
Well, we’ll focus on how to play Steam Deck in this article, including specs, gameplay screenshots from sources other than Valve, and what you can expect from a Steam Deck console (and what’s unreasonable to expect).
To get started, here’s a Valve video on Steam Deck.
With Steam Deck out in the wild, we’re now spoiled for choice when it comes to gameplay.
While we haven’t done hands-on with a Valve handheld yet, our colleague in the US has. This is an excerpt from his review:
Valve is quick to fix bugs, add features, and improve the performance of its software before Steam Deck gets into the hands of customers. Even today, weeks after pushing updates, the program is still in the works. You should feel somewhat relieved to know that things are going in the right direction. I am a fan of SteamOS’s comprehensive interface.
To give you a good idea of what to expect, TheRelaxingEnd has produced an overview of Steam Deck gameplay, including on-screen performance stats. We think its content overview does a very good job of displaying the device. Below, we’ll link to different parts of one video, including Cyberpunk 2077 movie Play Grand Theft Auto V play and elden ring Playing on Steam Deck.
Cyberpunk 2077 movie
Grand Theft Auto V
Valve is in the process of validating deck games. If you want to know what games are currently optimized for Steam Deck, we have a playlist of what you can expect to play here.
Steam Deck is capable of a wide range of games, including handheld, TV/monitor, cloud games with cloud saving, and games outside of a microSD card. However, while the gameplay looks quite impressive, you have to know that cloud gaming is hard to achieve in Australia. Expect an uncomfortable amount of lag if you choose to play games on the cloud, even if it’s available. Apart from cloud gaming, it’s a great set of tools.
Additionally, Steam Deck beta participants recently got customizable refresh rate support, including a refresh rate option between 40Hz and 60Hz. Valve keeps an update running and a news center for Steam Deck here.
Steam Deck Specifications
Of course, the gameplay in Steam Deck is not without specs. Split between three models (64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB), Steam Deck offers portable gameplay equivalent to that of low-cost gaming PCs, powered by Valve’s SteamOS Linux operating system with a built-in Windows compatibility layer (allowing games optimized for Windows to work on it).
If you’re looking at the specs, you can expect an AMD Zen 2 CPU, 8 RDNA 2 CUs for the GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a USB-C charging port and a 40W battery in Clock, handheld and TV/monitor capable, like Switch (except without the need for a dock).
If you want to compare it to a gaming PC, it’s a bit hard to tell a better comparison now, but as PCMag mentioned, Valve thinks it’s pretty close to a mini PC you can buy on Amazon, which features an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU and GPU. Radeon RX Vega 10, 16GB DDR4 RAM.
Steam Deck release date
Although Steam Deck is available in other markets, there is no Australian release date yet, but you are Could you Try asking for one if you want to do some magic.
This article has been updated since it was first published.