Valve’s Steam deck is moving forward to become the most popular gaming device after Nintendo DS and Game Boy. While some experts are being skeptical about Steam Deck release in India, some are divided about its success. Whatever the case may be, here we will talk about what is Valve’s Steam deck and when will Stem deck released in India.
What is Valve’s Steam Deck?
Valve is an American Video game development company that is famous for its PC Game distribution brand Steam. Its new in-house product Steam deck is an extension of its gaming services that enables users to play video games on a tiny device, something like Nintendo Switch. Users can play the entire stream library on the Steam deck without any hassle, this includes Windows PC games as well.
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Steam Deck : Specs and features
Valve’s Steam Deck comes with some exceptional features, it has a great design and comes with a large screen. The device comes in three variants 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage. However, each variant comes with some added package.
|64GB eMMC||256 NVME||512GB NVME|
|1. Carrying case||1. Faster storage|
2. Carrying case
3. Exclusive Steam
4. Community profile bundle
|1. Fastest storage|
2. Premium anti-glare etched glass
3. Exclusive carrying case
4. Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle
5. Exclusive virtual keyboard theme
As it’s a digital device, the Steam deck comes with an in-house chipset made in collaboration with AMD. It’s a ZEN 2, RDNA 2 powerhouse chipset that is custom made to process and play games on mobile devices, with low power consumption.
|Processor||2.4 – 3.5GHz Zen 2 (4 Cores, 8 thread)|
|Display||7-inch IPS LCD 60Hz 1280 x 800|
|Storage||64, 256, 512|
|OS||Steam OS 3.0|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
Steam Deck Specs:
Apart from the technical specs of the Steam Deck, the device also comes with additional gaming features that make the Steam Deck an incredible rival of Nintendo Switch.
|A B X Y buttons||2 x full-size analogue sticks with capacitive touch||HD haptics||2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback||6-Axis IMU|
|D-pad||55% better latency compared to Steam Controller|
|L & R analogue triggers||Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength|
|L & R bumpers|
|View & Menu buttons|
|4 x assignable grip buttons|
How Can I buy Steam deck?
According to an article published by PCMag you can only buy a Steam Deck in certain regions of the US, Europe and Canada. However, don’t go to the nearest best buy store and start looking for the device, currently, the Steam deck is only available on its official website. However, according to an article published by BBC, the delivery of the device might take some time since there is ample demand for the Steam Deck.
Valve’s president Gabe Newell has clarified that the shortages are not due to supply shock, they’re due to a demand shock. However, the brand is working towards delivering the product as soon as possible to the customers.
Steam deck release date in India?
According to an article published by IGN, the brand is in the process to introduce the device in more regions. However, their primary target is the US, UK, Europe, and Canada. According to the report, the device may come at the price of Rs. 40,000. However, this pricing is just an assumption as per the report.
In fair market competition, the device might face a mighty challenge with the Budget gaming laptops that comes under Rs. 40,000. So far, the ASUS TUF gaming series has been a very successful gaming laptop series in India, and from a price point of view, it offers more than the Steam Deck.
In the end, there is no concrete report on whether the Steam deck is going to release in India or not. However, the hype about the device especially in India is not quite what the company had expected.
Steam Deck Release In India Update
As of now, that is, April 29, 2022, Valve has still not unveiled any details about the much anticipated handheld console’s arrival in India. It is still limited to the same specific regions. It is difficult to say exactly when Valve’s plans for “regional expansion” will actually come into proper execution. Hopefully, the gaming console does not become obsolete in the country before even making it here.