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Will you pre-order a Steam Deck?

Steam Deck
Steam Deck (Image credit: Valve)

Valve has decreed that it's bringing the Nintendo Switch experience to PC via its Steam Deck, which is essentially a very chunky handheld computer for PC gamers. It's packing serious specs: Powerful AMD processors, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage... depending on what model you get. If you go for the cheapest option (which is still an eye-watering $400), you'll only get 64GB of eMMC internal storage. That is roughly enough storage to store one-fourth of a Call of Duty: Warzone.

Here's the question: Do you plan on pre-ordering a Steam Deck? The promise of having access to your Steam library anywhere via a Switch-like system is alluring. However, the Deck's actual form factor looks a bit closer to a chunky Wii U tablet than a Switch, and the pricing model is steep. What's your stance?

Don't forget Valve's history. Steam Machines, the limited love for Steam controllers, and similar attempts at slam-dunking the hardware market haven't quite panned out, and Valve doesn't always bother playing the long game with supporting its experiments. Are you ready for the risk of investing in a Steam device, at a minimum buy-in of $400 (not counting your local sales tax, if applicable), just for it to potentially become a really high-tech paperweight if Valve decides the product isn't panning out adequately?

In terms of positives going for the device, though, make no mistake: It's impressive. You can use Windows 11 on it or the Linux-based OS it comes with out of the box. Conceivably, you can run just about anything if you want to badly enough, including games from Epic's launcher, EA's Origin, or Ubisoft's Ubisoft Connect (formerly Uplay).

This handheld gaming PC could either be a total flop or revolutionize mobile PC gaming, taking Nintendo's idea and bringing it to everyone who doesn't care exclusively about Mario.

Whatever your thoughts on the device are, be sure to vote in the poll and drop some comments.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

14 Comments
  • I guess since it's the Valve brand name it qualifies as "revolutionary".
    Alas the likes of GPD and AYA NEO have released similar handheld gaming PCs in the past year's but won't be recognised.
  • to be fair, GPD products and the AYA NEO just slap regular Windows onto the form factor, while Valve seems committed to making it feel like a proper handheld console experience, except with full pc games, of course with the bonus of functioning as a regular computer if you wish to use it as such. But I do agree that Valve's name being behind it gives it much more attention than what GPD or the AYA NEO will ever get
  • No, not me. It's too expensive and heavy (almost 3x as much weight as a Switch). Every game on it's home screen can be played via xbox game streaming anyway. I also doubt it would run Windows 11.
  • Raspberry PI runs Windows 11 and Steam Deck is like 100x more powerful than that...
  • It looks awful to hold and I don't trust this at all. Steam usually make crap and everything on steam is usually overpriced and steam make something that's worth the money is a low risk.
  • I preordered the 256gb version yesterday.
  • I reserved the 64gb model yesterday and I'm so excited. Some might think it's a mistake but I should be able to add a small USB C drive for additional storage. At the very least I can game on it for a few years and then use it to replace my NUC down the line.
  • No. I don't have a use case for it. And my kids would probably break it. I'm not sure the games in my steam library would translate well to this form factor.
  • Nope, don't see the point. Each of my kids already have their own switch they don't ever play, they have tablets they rarely use and NOTHING beats the gaming experience of a huge tv or dedicated gaming PC
  • I won't be ordering one, I can't ever see myself playing my PC games on a seven inch screen... I suspect battery life won't be that great either...
  • Pre-ordered the 256GB one. I have a Switch and can't stand the way it performs on most games with 3D graphics. This is significantly cheaper and more powerful than the other handheld PCs on the market. The fact that you have the option to change the OS is nice too.
  • If I had the money I absolutely would, it's like a dream come true. Could maybe even replace my gaming laptop, especially since that's essentially just a not-desktop right now lol
  • I would, and then install win11, then install XPA games and xCloud app (I've ordered a Aya Neo already tho but the 4 back buttons Deck has is suppppper attractive).
  • Way too spendy and if I want to mobile game....I'd use my tablet, phone or laptop and use XCloud.