Valve announced the new Steam Deck gaming PC on Thursday, a handheld, portable option for making the most of your Steam library. Talks of such a device have been circulating for a while now, but instead of teasing the product and setting up for a big reveal, Valve simply dropped all the info at once about the PC’s specs, its pricing, and when people will be able to get their hands on one. The reveal has left Steam users hopeful for the success of the Steam Deck, but naturally, they’ve got some questions, too, about some parts of the design and its functionality.
The video below from Valve introduces Steam users to the Steam Deck if they haven’t seen it already. It comes in three different models with varying storage options and prices to match among other included features, but they all sport the same headlining appeal of letting people play Steam games on-the-go.
Introducing Steam Deck: powerful, portable PC gaming starting at $399. Designed by Valve, powered by Steam. Shipping December 2021.
— Steam (@Steam) July 15, 2021
While that’s an enticing offer itself, the device is a PC first and foremost despite its portable nature. That means that, as Valve has confirmed, owners will be able to install third-party apps and more on the device. That’s naturally got those who seek out emulators excited at the prospect of playing more than just Steam games on the Steam Deck, a dream that probably won’t take long to realize once the device is available later this year.
The button layout and past attempts from other companies at handheld devices have left some skeptical about the product, however. Nintendo’s not the first to do handheld gaming, but it’s the most well-known when it comes to that field where many other handheld endeavors have faltered. Those failed handheld products are difficult to ignore when seeing a new one announced.
Still, the Steam Deck definitely has the attention of Steam users. It’ll be available to reserve starting on July 16th and will start shipping out in December, so we’ll see soon enough just how much interest in the device there really is. Until then, you can see some of those interests and reservations expressed already in some of the initial reactions to the device found below.
Storage Concerns …
me installing 3/4 of DOOM Eternal on my 64GB steam deck and maxing out the hard drive pic.twitter.com/6f973tJfwV
— Seqi (@seqilol) July 15, 2021
Think of the Emulation
The Emulation community is about to have a field day with that Steam Deck
— Spawn Wave (@SpawnWaveMedia) July 15, 2021
Nintendo Switch + Game Gear = Steam Deck
Steam Deck looks like what happens if the Switch and the Game Gear had a baby. pic.twitter.com/GM1hBtqm8c
— NightTIDE (@EvernightStudio) July 15, 2021
Where’s That B Button Going?
I feel a deep personal connection to the B button that looks like it’s trying to escape down the side of the Steam Deck pic.twitter.com/RVf4jznd9A
— 2 Mello (@MelloMakes) July 15, 2021
Bloodborne on the Steam Deck?
A accurate depiction of society if Sony ports bloodborne to pc and we can play it drm free on steam deck. pic.twitter.com/15jTcQb7Nq
— Jon Doyle (@JonDoyleDesign) July 15, 2021
Thanks, Soulja Boy!
I can’t believe Gabe saw the Soulja boy game consoles and realized it was time for Valve to step into the handheld market. Though I’m confident that the Steam Deck will be able to actually run games that aren’t just NES roms pic.twitter.com/YKawlTswEQ
— Arty the Goth 🅱unBoi (@SuperiorArtemis) July 15, 2021
Poor PS Vita
With Horizon and Day Gone now on Steam, Sony has already given more support to Steam Deck than the PS Vita
— Mark Doherty (@dohertymark) July 15, 2021