Although the Steam Deck is available in other countries, with gameplay available all over the internet, Australians still have to wait a bit before the console drops.
Does it offer a great gaming experience, though? Some of us need confirmation beyond the hype: proof that it can play games well, beyond the B-roll of hand models from Valve playing on the Switch-like device. .
Well let’s focus on steam bridge gameplay in this article, including specs, gameplay footage from sources other than Valve, and what you can expect from the Steam Deck console (and what’s unreasonable to expect).
To start, here’s Valve’s video on the Steam Deck.
Steam deck game
With the Steam Deck out in the wild, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to gameplay.
Although we haven’t yet familiarized ourselves with Valve’s handheld, our colleague in the US has. It’s a excerpt from his review:
Valve is racing to fix bugs, add features, and improve the performance of its software before the Steam Deck lands in customers’ hands. Even today, after weeks of updates, the software remains a work in progress. You should be somewhat relieved to know that things are moving in the right direction. I’m a fan of the overall SteamOS interface.
To give you a good idea of what to expect, TheRelaxingEnd produced an overview of Steam Deck gameplay, including on-screen performance stats. We think its content preview does a pretty good job of showcasing the device. Below we will be linking to different parts of the same video, including Cyberpunk 2077 playability, Grand Theft Auto V playability and Ring of Elden gameplay on the Steam Deck.
Grand Theft Auto V
Ring of Elden
Valve is verifying games for the Deck. If you want to know which games are currently optimized for the Steam Deck, we have a running list of what you can expect to play this way.
The Steam Deck is capable of a wide range of gameplay, including handheld, TV/monitor gameplay, cloud gaming with cloud save, and gaming on a microSD card. That being said, while the gameplay looks quite impressive, be aware that cloud gaming is quite difficult to achieve in Australia. Expect uncomfortable lag if you choose to play cloud games, even if it’s available. Cloud gaming aside, this is an impressive piece of kit.
Additionally, Steam Deck beta participants recently got customizable refresh rate support, including a choice of refresh rate between 40hz and 60hz. Valve maintains an ongoing Steam Deck update and news hub here.
Steam Deck Specifications
Of course, Steam Deck gameplay is nothing without the specs. Split between three models (64GB, 256GB, and 512GB), the Steam Deck offers portable gameplay equivalent to that of a low-end gaming PC, backed by Valve’s SteamOS Linux operating system with a layer of built-in Windows compatibility (allowing games optimized for Windows to work on it).
If you’re looking for specs, you can expect an AMD Zen 2 processor, 8 RDNA 2 CPUs for the GPU, 16GB DDR5 RAM, a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 dimensions, a USB charging port- C and a 40 Whr battery, able to play on a handheld and on a TV/monitor, like a Switch (except without the need for a docking station).
If you want to compare it to a gaming PC, it’s a little hard to say right now which is the better comparison, but as PCMag reported, Valve reckons it’s pretty close to a mini PC you can buy on Amazon, which features an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU, Radeon RX Vega 10 GPU, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
Steam Deck release date
Although the Steam Deck is available in other markets, there is no Australian release date yet, but you can try ordering one if you want to do witchcraft.
This article has been updated since it was first published.
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