Valve Left Me Unsupervised: Steam Deck Hardware Review

Valve Left Me Unsupervised: Steam Deck Hardware Review

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We’re FINALLY hands-on with the Valve Steam Deck in our own studio, and can’t wait to tell you all about thermals, performance, battery life, and more… 😀

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Intro: Laszlo – Supernova
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Outro: Approaching Nirvana – Sugar High
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Intro animation by MBarek Abdelwassaa
Monitor And Keyboard by vadimmihalkevich / CC BY 4.0
Mechanical RGB Keyboard by BigBrotherECE / CC BY 4.0
Mouse Gamer free Model By Oscar Creativo / CC BY 4.0

0:00 Intro
1:22 Steam Deck Specs
1:50 The “Controller”
3:33 The Part You Were Waiting For
3:39 The “Controller” Part 2
4:03 Thermals & Noise
9:28 The Battery
10:00 The Screen
11:35 The Speakers
12:34 The Skeleton in the Pipe: Haptics
13:29 Storage Load Times & Expansion
14:29 The “Competition”
15:15 Quick Bits & Closing Thoughts

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42 Responses

  1. Hipyo Tech says:

    Excited to see more but geez how many layers of embargo can valve have

  2. Ruud Bleeker says:

    Linus: “Valve can’t bend the laws of physics”
    Valve, probably: “We’re working on that”

  3. LectroSoul says:

    The excitement for what is a ground breaking piece of hardware oozes out of this preview, nice job Linus, and even better job valve, serious stuff and at that price!! Wow!

  4. T Ho says:

    I’ve always thought “I bet in the future we’ll have PC graphics on a handheld device”. Looks like the future is here, and I’m excited to be part of it.

  5. Fredrik L says:

    Ah, the original HTC One. It was a brilliantly designed device that deserves a spot in the hall of fame of industrial design. The genius metal chassis was a novelty that would soon be copied by Apple. The dual speakers and the screen were simply amazing developments. It has left a huge mark on the mobile industry but unfortunately its success is already long forgotten.

  6. BlueJay says:

    Watching Linus get excited about tech innovations really just makes my day

  7. Soren says:

    Really glad to see what valve has done here, these results are very impressive especially when you consider something like the Nintendo switch.

  8. Rob Valentine says:

    Linus, that “rubberbanding” in forza has happened to me only when I’m online. I believe it’s a server issue and not something with the hardware itself.

    • ARC says:

      Oh that’s reassuring then. One of the only things they complain about is a misnomer 😆

    • Tim Sheehan says:

      Came here to say this, I’ve experienced this on my PC when their servers are having issues, you just need to switch to solo mode

    • Bocdul13 says:

      Yeah I was gonna say, that rubber banding only happens online and when you’re doing seasonal events. It’s 100% a server issue and not hardware (which they will hopefully fix, because it’s awful)

  9. Accessible Linux Gaming says:

    Desktop Linux has served as a firing ground for the software stack that makes these games run for several years now. Happy to see your review Linus, and thank you for giving the community and contributors kudos. Thank you to the Linux community and gamers on Linux for tracking, reporting, and fixing bugs for years.

  10. Mixxor454 says:

    The rubberbanding in Forza exists on desktop aswell, specifically with older CPUs. Me and some others had the same issue with the 7700k, upgrading to a 12700k solved the issue though. I’m guessing it had something to do with the lack och cores or cache.

    • YoMamasTacos says:

      I had this issue on an i3-8100 and 9600KF… the issue I had was with networking, it would fix itself when set to offline

    • Lukasz Slubowski says:

      This should be the issue with online play and finding session

    • Brendan Kelly says:

      Yes, my system absolutely has this issue with forza, I am on an old intel gen 4 i5 with only ddr3 ram. But I have a rtx3070. I really notice which games are heavily CPU dependant, meanwhile other games run 1440p and look great. An upgrade is definitely on my agenda.

    • ivn says:

      this happened to me during online play a lot in fh4, so i kinda just had to play offline to actually enjoy it

    • André Pedrosa says:

      Yes, same problem with me, with 4790, been thinking about upgrading anyway.

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