Valve's 'Steam Deck' handheld gaming PC to be available by Dec.

Valve Corp., an American video game developer, publisher and digital distribution company, has recently debuted Steam Deck, its handheld gaming PC, which will cost around $399 and will be available for purchase by December this year. The product claims to run all of the favorite Steam games including AAA titles.

The hardware uses an AMD APU chip to pull this off, incorporating a CPU and dedicated graphics built into the silicon. The chip comes with a four-core/eight-thread CPU built with AMD's elder Zen 2 architecture with a maximum clock speed of 3.5GHz. 

Meanwhile, the visuals are powered by AMD's RDNA 2 architecture, which is also found in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The GPU is made up of eight RDNA 2 computing units with a peak performance of 1.6 Teraflops.

On the other hand, the Stream Deck makes a compromise in one area: it can't power PC games at 1080p quality. However, it has a 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x800, comparable to the 720p screen of a basic Nintendo Switch.

The Stream Deck, inclusive of 64GB of eMMC PCIe Gen 2 internal storage, starts at $399. Although, consumers can experience faster loading times by purchasing the $529 variant, which includes 256GB of PCIe Gen 3 NVME SSD storage. Furthermore, the $649 model includes a 512GB NVME SSD and "anti-glared etched glass" on display. In addition, a microSD card slot is available on all devices for additional memory.

Incidentally, Valve claims to be working on a customized dock for the Stream Deck, which will be equipped with more ports.

As per a release, the firm will begin taking pre-orders for Steam Deck starting July 16th through a Steam store page. In December, the product will debut in the United States, Canada, and Europe, prior to worldwide launch in 2022.

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