Valve has announced a hardware revision to its Steam Deck hardware that includes a slightly larger 7.4” OLED screen, much like the newest version of the Switch. This new, more power-efficient rendition of the SteamOS-powered handheld is slated to go on sale through the Steam client on November 16 at 10 am Pacific. The full specifications for the OLED model can be found here.
From the sounds of hands-on reports around the industry, the new model will be an even better place to play your favorite indies in your Steam library, even this isn’t the true next generation of Valve’s handheld. The OLED Steam Deck comes in two variations, one with 512 GB of storage for $549 and another with 1 TB of storage for $649, both of which sport a smaller 7nm processing unit, improved download speeds thanks to an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E, and an increase in battery size. The OLED Steam Deck is rated for three to twelve hours of battery life compared to the original Steam Deck, which can be used anywhere from two to eight hours, depending on the game.
Also available on November 16 will be a limited edition colorway of the 1 TB OLED device, featuring a transparent shell and red accents instead of the classic matte black finish, and will be sold for $679.
As for the previous LED Steam Decks, the 256 GB models will now occupy the entry-level space for the hardware line-up, priced lower at $399. The other two models, the 64 GB and 512 GB LED devices, are discontinued and will be phased out. However, until stock runs out, they will both benefit available for a reduced price of $349 and $549, respectively. If you want to get your hands on one of these handhelds without forking over five Benjamins or more and don’t care about the new screen and battery life, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing one for gaming on the go.
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