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Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Thursday, 15th July 2021, 22:08

This is kind of interesting...
https://www.steamdeck.com/en/

Starts from £349, 2-8 hours of gameplay. I guess it's like a Nintendo Switch but for PC gaming.


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RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Gareth Williams (Elite) posted this on Friday, 16th July 2021, 22:43

No interest in handheld gaming whatsoever. I always thought the only reason people bought the Switch was because that's the only way to play Nintendo games these days. But I guess there is a market for handhelds after all.

The specs seem pretty similar to other devices like the crowdfunded AYANEO. I've seen some people suggesting that this could be capable of running a Switch emulator, which might be interesting.

I wonder how well the weaker memory in the 64GB model will handle complex PC games.



RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Saturday, 17th July 2021, 07:31

I think it's kind of interesting that for so many years there was a huge market for handhelds as long as they were by Nintendo (I guess because the audience is just not interested in the AAA style of games that Sony were desperately trying to get people onto PSP/Vita with), and has that really been filled by something as large as the Switch?

Has increasingly large mobile phones opened the door for people to accept something so large for mobile gaming?

I am definitely Steam Deck curious. I am not going to play Doom or Rage 2 on it, and being limited to Steam games makes me a bit of a sad panda, but I do have a lot of indie games on Steam I might play....

...for 30 minutes each before I got distracted.


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RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Gareth Williams (Elite) posted this on Saturday, 17th July 2021, 14:45

Quote:
Robee J Shepherd says...
"and being limited to Steam games makes me a bit of a sad panda"

It comes with SteamOS but you can install whatever you like on it, including Windows. It really is more of a handheld PC, rather than a console.

Assuming you'll be able to get one:





RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Saturday, 17th July 2021, 17:00

Hmm interesting! I wonder what the Windows performance would be like, it's traditionally not been great for battery life.


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RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Si Wooldridge (Reviewer) posted this on Saturday, 17th July 2021, 18:12



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RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

sj (Elite) posted this on Monday, 19th July 2021, 19:05

Quote:
Robee J Shepherd says...
"and has that really been filled by something as large as the Switch?"
...I suppose, given the Switch has been the best selling console for a long time (not that many people realise that), the answer must be a yes?
I have a Switch and have played it handheld less than half a dozen times I'd say, so to only think about the handheld side of things may be to miss some of the point maybe?

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RE: Anyone for a Steam Deck?

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Monday, 19th July 2021, 21:54

The more I think about this, the more I think this is basically a Switch for PC users. Who knows if there is a market for that.


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