What is Steam Deck? Here’s everything you need to know

Gaming has come a long way over the past two decades, but another area where we’ve seen tons of improvements is in the console space. Leaps in hardware space made playing AAA titles in stunning graphical quality a breeze.

Like games, we have a lot of choices when choosing the right type of console. For example, you may be someone who likes handheld consoles more than regular beefy consoles because of the portability factor. There weren’t many popular consoles except the Nintendo Switch until Valve announced the Steam Deck. In this article, let’s take a look at Steam Deck and why you should care.

Steam Deck: what is it?

Announced in July 2021, Steam Deck is a portable game console from Valve that will run on its upcoming SteamOS 3.0. To begin with, SteamOS is a Linux distribution whose development was halted after version 2.0. If you don’t know what Linux is, we have tons of articles explaining things like the Linux kernel, desktop environment, and other essential components.

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Getting back on topic, most of the hype around Steam Deck is Linux-based, which at first might not sound very intriguing. Still, Valve coming out with a Linux-powered device may have just saved Linux from the “You can’t game on Linux” dilemma.

The console basics started with Valve’s Proton compatibility layer. We covered pretty much the same thing in one of our articles, but TL; DR, it translates DirectX in Windows games to understandable Vulkan instructions on Linux. Think of it as your personal translator helping you understand a country’s language.

However, playing Windows games on Linux through Proton is not as easy as it seems. Although Proton works great, some games will still need tinkering to get started, but it’s getting better every day.

One of the issues Proton and Steam Deck will need to address is anti-cheats like BattlEye and Easy Anti-Cheat. However, thanks to the immense hype fueled by the Steam Deck announcement, games with built-in anti-cheat mechanisms should be playable as soon as people get their hands on the console. This will also benefit Linux Desktop users.

Steam Deck will get BattlEye anti-cheat support at launch
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Anyway, the immense hype surrounding the console and the price that Valve decided led many people to book one for themselves. If this article has piqued your interest in booking one for yourself, you can visit the Steam Deck website and do it.

Valve also recently announced the Steam Deck release dates. The first batch of consoles will reach its owners at the end of February.

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That’s not all; there is also good news for right to repair enthusiasts. Valve confirmed in the Steam Deck teardown video that they will be selling parts for the console through the Steam Deck website. You will realize after watching the video that the Steam Deck might be one of the most repairable handhelds once it arrives.

What do you think of the Steam Deck? Do you think it will be a success, or will it be a bad first product? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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