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New Steam Deck OLED: Valve’s Portable Console Updates Much More Than Its Screen to Remain Unbeatable

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Valve has introduced the Steam Deck OLED. It is the first significant evolution of the console that aims to offer users more than just a change in the display panel. Although the improvements are not drastic, they can help ensure that the Steam Deck continues to hold a privileged place in an industry where there are proposals attempting to have some resemblance.

The Steam Deck entered the gaming world in February 2022 as a different proposal. We were faced with a versatile device that presented itself as more than just a portable gaming console and, as if that weren’t enough, offered the possibility to enjoy demanding franchises such as ‘God of War’ and ‘Tomb Raider.’ This proposition has just improved.

Technical Specifications of The New Steam Deck OLED

Specification Details
Size and Weight
Dimensions 298 mm x 117 mm x 49 mm
Weight Approx. 640 grams
AMD 6nm APU CPU: Zen 2, 4 cores/8 threads, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFLOPS FP32) GPU: RDNA 2 with 8 compute units, 1.6 GHz (1.6 TFLOPS FP32) APU Power Consumption: 4-15 W
Integrated LPDDR5 RAM 16 GB (four 32-bit channels, 6400 MT/s)
SSD NVMe Storage 512 GB (Steam Deck) 1 TB (Steam Deck) Both include a high-speed microSD card slot
Buttons A, B, X, Y D-pad Analog L and R triggers Front-facing L and R buttons View and Menu buttons 4 assignable grip buttons
Analog Sticks 2 full-size with capacitive touch
Trackpads 2 square, 32.5 mm sides, with haptic feedback
Gyroscope 6-axis IMU
OLED HDR Screen 1280 x 800 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio) 7.4″ diagonal 1000 nits peak brightness (HDR) 600 nits (SDR) 90 Hz Touchscreen
Bluetooth 5.3 (compatible with controllers, accessories, and audio)
Wifi Triple-band 6E, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Stereo Integrated DSP for surround sound Dual microphone array 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack Multichannel audio via DisplayPort through USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.3
Power and Battery
Power 45 W USB Type C PD3.0 power supply
Battery 50 Wh, 3 to 12 hours of gameplay
External Connectivity
USB-C Supports DisplayPort 1.4 alternate mode; up to 8K at 60 Hz or 4K at 120 Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
Operating System SteamOS 3.0 (based on Arch Linux)
Steam Deck OLED 1 TB $639
Steam Deck OLED 512 GB $449

Steam Deck OLED, Much More Than a New Display Panel

Aesthetically, the new Steam Deck OLED is practically identical to the original version. The design, button layout, and ports faithfully maintain their essence. However, the device comes with an enhanced screen and a larger diagonal. We have made the leap from a 7-inch diagonal LDC panel to a 7.4-inch diagonal OLED panel with much slimmer bezels.

Steam Deck OLED (1)
Image Source: Valve

The introduction of this new display technology translates into other improvements in this section. While there are no changes in resolution, there are changes in brightness, which can now offer peaks of 1,000 nits in HDR, and in refresh rate, which scales from 60 Hz to 90 Hz. The screen promises deeper blacks, more vibrant colors, and better motion reproduction.

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As we say, the novelties go beyond the screen. Valve has also updated the connectivity section, providing the device with support for Wifi 6E, wireless technology that opens the door to higher bandwidth and, pay attention to this point, lower latency. How does this benefit us? On paper, in faster downloads and more stable online gaming sessions.

Steam Deck OLED (2)
Image Source: Valve

The battery has also improved. The Steam Deck OLED has a 50 Wh battery that promises up to 12 hours of gameplay. The original model, let’s remember, has a 40 Wh battery that offers up to 8 hours of gameplay. Changes under the hood also include a renewed thermal system with a larger fan. Now, the console weighs 640 grams, meaning it is 5% lighter.

Price and Availability

The new Steam Deck OLED will be available from November 16th. This update will be sold in 512 GB and 1 TB versions. The arrival of the new model has also resulted in a price drop for the Steam Deck (LCD) with 64 GB and 512 GB until stocks run out. Let’s see how the new pricing scheme for Valve’s console looks.

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  • Steam Deck OLED 1 TB: $639
  • Steam Deck OLED 512 GB: $449
  • Steam Deck LCD 256 GB: $399
  • Steam Deck LCD 64 GB: $349

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