Steam Deck, Valve’s portable console and PC hybrid, won’t start to be available to first-time buyers for a while – anyone who purchases it right now will have to wait until the second quarter of the year – but development kits have been around for a long time. hands of studies. This has allowed Boiling Steam interview an anonymous developer about some of the features of the Steam Deck.
Perhaps the most interesting is the data on battery life with the strongest games: between 2 and 5 hours depending on the load on the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit); Retro-style games or less graphically demanding games should offer a longer duration.
The charging times with the microSD card seem to be identical to the SSD drive, and with respect to the possibility of pausing a game at any time seems to be something that is being worked on. In fact it seems that the delay in the launch – Steam Deck was scheduled for the end of 2021 – is not only about the shortage of semiconductors but also about improving the experience with SteamOS.
“The first thing they mentioned is that they weren’t convinced that even with all the improvements to SteamOS 3.0 between August and October it will be ready in December. Yes, there are problems with the supplies, but I think that is not the real reason for the delay“.
Another question in the middle are the inevitable comparisons between Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch in terms of size and weight– The developer believes that the Valve console is preferable in long game sessions thanks to the button layout and weight distribution.
The Steam Deck’s size is 298mm x 117mm x 49mm and it has a weight of 669 grams. Nintendo Switch -in its original model- with attached Joy-Con measures 239 mm x 102 mm x 13.9 mm (28.4 mm in the thickest part) and has a weight of 398 grams.