Steam Deck

Valve’s Steam Deck hands-on impressions round-up

It wasn’t that long ago that Valve shocked the PC gaming world and announced the Steam Deck and not to be confused with the Elgato Stream Deck, a portable PC that is packing quite the punch. While the initial hands-on wasn’t very revealing, it would seem that embargo is over and now everyone who had access to the device is now providing a better look at it.

Below are several of those articles and videos, that anyone who’s curious about the Steam Deck, should check out.

Valve’s Steam Deck hands-on Article | Video
Linus Tech Tips hands-on Video
Giant Bomb hands-on Video
Tomshardware hands-on Article
Tested hands-on Video
GeekWire hands-on Article
PC Gamer hands-on Article | Video
Gamesradar hands-on Article | Video

All of these articles and videos are in-depth and discuss a number of things, from the anti-glare screen, resolution, impressions of several games in action, how the Steam Deck feels while being held, and more. 

Sadly, we didn’t get an invite to Valve’s hands-on event, it must have gotten lost in the mail. Nonetheless, these impressions are positive and have me excited about finally getting my own Steam Deck in 2022, or whenever that is.


What is the Steam Deck?

The Steam Deck is Valve’s latest gaming gadget and one that has me (and most of the PC gaming world) excited over it. Packing more power than a device of its size should, the Steam Deck can play PC games on the go, or you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and monitor for a modest gaming PC. With the Steam Deck, you’ll be able to play games directly from the device or tap into your existing Steam library and play games like you could with the Steam Link. 

Valve's New Steam Deck Giant Bomb Goes Hands-On_3

The good news is that if you’re looking to get your hands on a Steam Deck, they’re still up for preorder. However, the bad news is that Valve perhaps underestimated the hype for the device, and now orders are looking to be shipping Q1/Q2 2022 at the earliest. If the current silicone shortage that the world is experiencing doesn’t cause that to get pushed back.

For more info, including the different variants; 64GB ($399), 256GB ($529), 512GB ($649), specs, and more, check out our coverage of the Steam Deck.