Steam Deck OLED: Valve’s Latest Innovation

Valve announced its latest innovation in portable gaming, Steam Deck OLED, with a high dynamic range screen and a longer-lasting battery.

In an exciting move, a month before the Christmas holidays, Valve has just unveiled its latest innovation in portable gaming, Steam Deck OLED, as a successor and continuation of their successful Steam Deck handheld Linux gaming console.

Steam Deck OLED

This new addition to the Steam Deck family boasts a vivid 1280×800 HDR OLED display, offering brighter colors and deeper blacks for an enhanced gaming experience.

Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming console.
Valve’s Steam Deck OLED handheld gaming console.

The new model is a qualitative upgrade of the previously available one, the main differences being a larger 7.4″ screen (7″ used in the original Steam Deck), an efficient 6 nm AMD APU (7 np used in the original Steam Deck), and the latest Wi-Fi 6E (Wi-Fi 5 used in the original Steam Deck) for three times faster downloads.

On top of that, the OLED version is more energy-efficient, packing a 50Whr battery that extends gameplay to 3-12 hours. Additionally, the device is lighter and cooler than its predecessor, thanks to a larger fan and improved thermals.

The table below shows the full hardware specifications of the new device.

CPU6 nm AMD APU Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz
GPU8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.6GHz
RAM16 GB LPDDR5 on-board
StorageSteam Deck 512GB NVMe SSD
Steam Deck 1TB NVMe SSD
Both include a high-speed microSD card slot
Gamepad ControlsA B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
HapticsHD haptics
Trackpads2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro6-Axis IMU
Display7,4″ 1280×800 HDR OLED with < 0.1 ms response time
up to 90Hz refresh rate
1,000 nits peak brightness
Light SensorsDual ambient light sensor ALS
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.3
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E radio, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
AudioStereo with embedded DSP
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
MicrophonesDual microphone array
ExpansionsmicroSD UHS-I support SD, SDXC, and SDHC
USB3 gen 2
Display port over Type C; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz
Operating SystemSteamOS 3 (Arch Linux-based)
Size298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight640 grams

The Steam Deck OLED will be available in 512GB and 1TB models, as the 1TB version features exclusive extras like a startup movie and a virtual keyboard theme.

Moreover, Valve also announced a Limited Edition colorway for the 1TB model, exclusive to the US and Canada. The device features an elegant semi-opaque black shell with striking red highlights on the joystick caps, screws, air intake, and exhaust vents.

Steam Deck OLED
Steam Deck OLED

Valve’s Steam Deck OLED comes with a 12-month standard limited warranty, and as an option, a docking station is available, sold separately for $79, for connecting to external displays and peripherals.

Price & Availability

The shipping is scheduled to start on November 16, alongside a price drop for the existing Steam Deck LCD models, which are being phased out and will be available until they are out of stock.

Regarding the price, the 512 GB Steam Deck OLED will retail for $549 and 1TB for $649. For detailed information, visit the manufacturer’s website.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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