Valve reveals the Steam Deck OLED: $549 buys better screen, battery, and more

On October fifth, we noticed the primary proof a refreshed Steam Deck was nigh. Now, Valve is formally revealing the $549 and up Steam Deck OLED, which begins delivery on November sixteenth.

It’s an overhauled model of Valve’s handheld gaming PC however not one which’s targeted on efficiency — the corporate is sticking with its plan to not produce a sooner handheld for the subsequent couple of years.

As a substitute, the brand new Steam Deck OLED is designed to be the final word model of the unique Steam Deck, the machine that Valve would have favored to initially ship. Valve is promising the “first handheld with HDR OLED” with a bigger 7.4-inch, 90Hz, 1,000-nit display and as much as 50 p.c longer battery life.

As you may learn in my just-published Steam Deck OLED evaluate, it goes manner past a brand new display. It appears like a virtually no-compromise improve in some ways, particularly battery, cooling, and that new display.

However say you don’t have the time to learn a full evaluate proper now and simply need the specs and a few FAQs. That’s what this publish is for. Right here’s a monster listing of what’s new, what’s the identical, and some different issues I realized at Valve’s HQ.

  • 7.4-inch 90Hz RGB-stripe OLED customized Samsung display (versus 7-inch 60Hz IPS LCD)
  • Shows 110 p.c DCI-P3 coloration gamut (up from estimated 67 p.c sRGB)
  • 1,000-nit HDR peak brightness, 600-nit SDR peak brightness (up from 400 nits)
  • 50 watt-hour battery (up from 40Wh)
  • Extra environment friendly die-shrink 6nm AMD “Sephiroth” APU (versus 7nm “Aerith”)
  • 6400MT/s reminiscence (up from 5500MT/s)
  • 29 grams lighter, relying on configuration
  • Bigger, quieter fan
  • Bigger heatsink
  • Louder audio system “with improved bass”
  • 1mm taller thumbsticks with wider head and recessed, smoother thumb divot
  • Darker printing on buttons
  • “Greater constancy haptics”
  • “Redesigned trackpad for improved constancy and edge detection”
  • Greater touchscreen polling charge of 180Hz
  • Wi-Fi 6E for “2-3x sooner downloads” with new 6GHz connectivity
  • Bluetooth 5.3 with devoted antenna, AptX HD and AptX Low Latency, wake through Bluetooth controller
  • “Onboard mic can now be used concurrently as headphone jack”
  • Longer 2.5m energy cable (up from 1.5m)
  • Sooner 0.8C charging charge, “20%–80% in as little as 45 minutes”
  • Three to 12 hours quoted battery life (up from two to eight hours)
  • Multi-color indicator LED (versus white solely)
  • Torx screws as a substitute of Phillips
  • Machine screws on rear cowl with steel bosses for simpler restore
  • “Bumper swap is now on joystick board for simpler restore, improved bumper shock reliability”
  • “Fewer steps required for frequent repairs”
  • “Changing the show doesn’t require taking the again off”
  • 512GB for $549, 1TB for $649 (versus 256GB for $529, 512GB for $649)
  • New carrying case with 1TB mannequin that has a second smaller shell inside
  • New limited-edition clear $679 mannequin within the US and Canada

  • Similar processor specs
  • Similar primary efficiency, with no turbo mode
  • 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM
  • Similar NVMe M.2 2230 SSD storage modules
  • Similar potentiometer joysticks (not Corridor impact)
  • Similar dimensions (save 1mm taller joysticks)
  • Similar case compatibility
  • Similar buttons (some are clickier, like shoulder buttons and Steam key)
  • Similar display decision and side ratio (1280 x 800)
  • Person-selectable mounted refresh charges (no VRR or AMD FreeSync)
  • Similar driver-level AMD options (no body era, for instance)
  • Similar energy provide wattage (45W USB-C PD, doesn’t cost sooner than 45W)
  • Similar microSD placement and pace (UHS-I)
  • Similar sport compatibility
  • Similar software program updates
  • Similar beginning value for a Steam Deck, interval — however $400 now buys you the previous LCD mannequin with 256GB of NVMe storage, reasonably than the brand new OLED or the previous 64GB LCD mannequin with eMMC

“The {hardware} is nice sufficient by itself to not have any kind of substantial intervention on our half,” says Valve {hardware} engineer Yazan Aldehayyat. “We picked OLED as a result of we had been capable of show to ourselves that the longevity within the machine was there.” Valve says the corporate additionally does “accelerated testing at max brightness for weeks or months on finish.”

“Our {hardware} guarantee covers points with all Steam Deck parts, together with the show,” Valve product designer Lawrence Yang tells me. We’re persevering with to ask if meaning it covers burn-in particularly as a result of corporations generally want chased on that.

“We’ve got not seen very many complaints in any respect with joystick drift.” There was extra, however that was the dimensions of it.

“If you wish to have turbo mode you must design the product to have the ability to deal with turbo mode… you’re carrying round a complete bunch of stuff on a regular basis that you may solely use in Turbo Mode.” As an example, overdesigned energy regulators, says Aldehayyat.

Valve instructed me it doesn’t wish to “dissipate our weight and funds on issues that may not be helpful to you” however may change its thoughts sooner or later.

Valve says no. We should always consider this because the final Steam Deck 1, after which a Steam Deck 2 gained’t occur till there’s a “generational enchancment particularly in efficiency.”

“We’re assured that within the subsequent couple of years we’ll have one thing we will name a correct Steam Deck 2,” says Yang.

“We don’t need folks to assume we’re doing a yearly refresh, that’s not how we’re this product cycle.”

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