Weekly poll results: Valve's Steam Deck beats the Nintendo Switch OLED
Valve stole Nintendo’s thunder – people were already lukewarm on the minimal upgrades brought on by the Switch OLED, but then Valve’s own portable console arrived to offer people an alluring alternative.
Many complain about the lack of physical game media, which makes it easier to sell old games you no longer need. And that’s true, but Steam’s whole reason for being is to make buying, installing and playing a new game just a few clicks away and doing it online makes the whole process frictionless
Plus, it’s just a Linux PC in an unusual form factor, it should be possible to hook up an external DVD drive over USB if you really wanted. The Deck is a PC, alright, and all three models have 2230 m.2 slots. It will be possible to upgrade the storage, but Valve warns that the SSD is in a tough to reach spot and recommends that end users don’t fiddle with it. So, if you had plans of getting the cheapest option ($400 with 64GB eMMC storage) and swapping the storage yourself, you may want to reconsider.
Nintendo’s Game Cards do offer the advantages of physical media – including games not taking up space on the internal memory, no long install times, etc. And you can sell them too.
Valve posts disassembly video of its handheld Steam Deck PC
Valve has just posted a video to its YouTube channel of its upcoming Steam Deck being partially disassembled. Valve is the company behind Steam, a popular online PC game store. The Steam Deck is a handheld PC designed to mimic the form factor of the Nintendo Switch so that PC games from Steam can be played portably.
The Steam Deck that appears in the video is still a prototype and the host notes that the final layout of the internal components and design may change.
Valve starts off by saying that while the Steam Deck could be taken apart by anyone, it really does not recommend that anyone takes it apart. The host expresses that the battery could ignite, or a static discharge from the user could cause components to fail.
The video briefly explains how easy it can be to replace a thumbstick. Valve notes that these thumbsticks are custom made for the Steam Deck and parts will become available "in the coming months". The host also explains how to replace the M.2 SSD. The host also noted that this SSD is chosen specifically for the Steam Deck and that users shouldn't try to upgrade them because they may not fit properly, and/or they may cause interference with the Wi-Fi connection.
Seam and Amd will have their work cut out competing with the mobile gaming market which is already well established, Amd will have something up their sleeve for the processor, winning continues.
The physical controls are game changing though, but the same can be made for mobile as add-ons.
Excited to see what happens
EDIT: Change my mind, fsck me it's impressive, hotcakes I think, +1 for Linux.