Valve Steam Deck

July 15, 2021

The Valve Steam Deck Portable console has been officially announced, and it appears to be the first device powered by an AMD Van Gogh APU. Steam Deck is powered by Steam OS 3.0 and will provide gamers with access to the entire Steam gaming experience in a portable format. According to the published specs, the AMD Van Gogh APU powering Valve’s brand new Steam Deck console is a relatively entry-level processor that outperforms the original Sony PlayStation 4. The AMD Van Gogh APU is equipped with the Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architecture. Because the console’s resolution is restricted to 1280x800, it is expected to handle all AAA titles extremely well (16:10 aspect ratio).

Technical Specifications

When it comes to the technical specs, you’re looking at the AMD Van Gogh APU, which has four cores and eight threads. The CPU will have a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz and a turbo speed of 3.5 GHz.

In terms of the GPU, you’ll get the AMD RDNA 2 architecture with 8 Compute Units for a total of 512 stream processors that can run at up to 1600 MHz The CPU will provide 448 GFlops of performance, while the GPU will provide 1.6 TFLOPs of FP32 horsepower for a total performance of more than 2 TFLOPs, making it quicker than the original Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

It also comes with 16 GB LPDDR5 (5500 MT/s) memory, (64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1) storage or 256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4) storage or 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4) storage) and an extra microSD card slot for extended storage. The panel, is a 7” diagonal LCD with a 400 nits brightness and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi, a 3.5mm combo audio port, USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4, and a 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply connector are among the I/O options.


CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W


16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)


64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

Gamepad controls

A B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons


2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch


HD haptics


2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength


6-Axis IMU


1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability
Display size
7” diagonal
400 nits typical
Refresh rate
Touch enabled
Ambient light sensor



Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)


Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

External connectivity for
controllers & displays

USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Power & Battery

45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply

40Whr battery. 2 - 8 hours of gameplay ( Depending on game)

Expansion Slots

High Speed MicroSD

UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC

PCIe slots

(To be confirmed)


SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based) with KDE Plasma desktop UI.

It’s a new version of SteamOS designed with the Steam Deck in mind and suited for portable gaming. It includes Proton, a compatibility layer that allows you to run your games without the need for developers to port them. Working directly with suppliers, they are substantially increasing Proton’s game compatibility and include support for anti-cheat solutions for Valve Steam Deck.


$399 USD - 64GBeMMC + Carrying case

$529 USD - Faster Nvme storage 256GB NVMe SSD, Carrying case, Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle

$649 USD - Fastest storage 512GBNVMe SSD, Premium anti-glare etched glass, Exclusive carrying case, Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle, Exclusive virtual keyboard theme

(Ram and CPUs remain the same in all devices)

Steam Preorder Link

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Written by Dev Baidya