Valves Steam Deck a Nintendo Switch killer?

Where are the gamers at?


Valve just dropped details on their new handheld. A base cost ofย $399 for the 64GB unit. Specs comparable to a PS4 or Xbox One, but since it's outputting on a smaller screen, it should handle current + future games as well.


The killer feature for me is the ability to add additional game stores or install Windows to it, which means that you could run an Xbox game pass on it.


Only downside potentially is battery life, but I would be willing to carry a phat power bank.


Had been considering getting a Switch, but this be calling my name with travel opening back up.


What is everyone else's take?


https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/15/22578917/valve-steam-deck-nintendo-switch-xbox-series-x-ps5-spec-comparison


https://www.pcgamer.com/steam-deck-handheld-announced/

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DrSmallprint
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While there is overlap they are focusing of different markets. Nintendo has always been the odd one out in the console wars. They cater to a younger and more family friendly demographic, and they do it well. Im sure the steam deck will do well (or at least better then the disastrous steam box) but it will not "kill" the switch.ย 


InQ5WeTrust
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I concur, there may be some overlap but the switch will persevere.ย 

I was being somewhat facetious.ย 

As you noted the first party titles are the strength of the offering.ย 

Excited to have another player in the handheld market and hopeful that it does well enough that valve sticks around instead of doing a pump and dump.ย 
BullDawg
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Looks tight, but you just canโ€™t beat first party Nintendo titles imo - the portability of the switch is only half the appeal. As long as thereโ€™s new LoZ and Mario games coming to Nintendoโ€™s platforms, thatโ€™s where my $$$ goingย 
InQ5WeTrust
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I get that lotta love for the titles Nintendo has.ย 

My steam game library is just disgustingly full at the minute.ย 

and I might just run an emulator.... anywayyyy
Stratifyz
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Whatโ€™s your go to games right now?
InQ5WeTrust
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Currently playing a ton of Hades, Escape From Tarkov and Payday 2.ย 

Have about 50 on a list that I need to work my way through though.ย 

How about you?ย 
User1234567
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Iโ€™m still using my ps3
InQ5WeTrust
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Nothing wrong with that, I still have my xbox360 and boot it up now and then to play some classics.ย 
softwaresails
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No.ย 
InQ5WeTrust
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So you're saying there's a chance?ย 

Different audiences, slightly facetious with the title. Do believe it will do well, but clearly not on the same scale.ย 
TheRealVladimirPutin
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Depending on power, I'll consider it for non-console titles. Had to play Disco Elysium on my work MacBook Pro and it struggled hard with it.ย 
InQ5WeTrust
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Specs wise it's looking good - should be able to run any current AAA title at 60 fps and continue to run future titles at circa 60 fps on medium settings.

A strong option as a console augment.ย 

Valve seem to be taking a large hit on the price, so it's probably the most effective entry into PC gaming atm in my opinion.ย 
TheRealVladimirPutin
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I'm mostly interested in older and indie titles that don't make it to console (already have PS5 and Switch), so it might actually perfectly suit my needs. Pulled the trigger on an expensive gaming laptop in peak COVID but cancelled the order when I realised that 3k was wasted on what I wanted to use it forย 
InQ5WeTrust
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Yeah, in that case the base model with just an SD card for additional storage would seem to fit the bill.
Beans
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Nah, people don't but Nintendo for the tech, they buy it for the First Party titles.


InQ5WeTrust
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I hear you - different nichesย 

My Steam backlog is such a large sunk cost it makes sense for me ๐Ÿ˜‚
SADNES5
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I'm hyped... mouse and keyboard support. No more bringing two laptops on work trips...
InQ5WeTrust
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Same here for me.ย 

Already have a desktop setup, but sounds like a great travel piece, sofa chiller or co-op setup when friends are over.ย 
fuzzy
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The Gabe Gear. Coming soon to a dusty shelf
InQ5WeTrust
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The gaben 1.0 - A game gear for the 21st century?ย 

Or a PSP for people of culture. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Time shall tell.ย 
uncorpse
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Valves Steam Deck rocks, looks like a portable PS5

InQ5WeTrust
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Specs look great tbh probably closer to a portable PS4 but because of the screen size should be able to compete for a while.ย 
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