Valve’s Steam Deck is the PRO Handheld that Might Make You SWITCH to Linux

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Controls includes standard buttons as well as trackpads with haptic feedback, and you may have noticed from the specs that this display deviates from other 7-inch handhelds in that it has a 16:10 aspect ratio. (I think it’s safe to say that the 1280×800 resolution should not present a major challenge to the listed processing power.)

The full list of specs can be found here, with a few more excerpted below:

  • Power:
    • Input: 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
    • Battery: 40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay
  • Expansion: microSD UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
  • External connectivity for controllers & displays:
    • USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • Size: 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
  • Weight: approx. 669 grams
  • Operating System: SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
  • Desktop: KDE Plasma

Yes, the Steam Deck is running Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3.0, and will make full use of the ever-expanding support for Linux gaming providing via Proton.

“On Steam Deck, your games run on a different operating system than the one on your desktop PC. It’s a new version of SteamOS, built with Steam Deck in mind and optimized for a handheld gaming experience. It comes with Proton, a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run your games without any porting work needed from developers. For Deck, we’re vastly improving Proton’s game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors.”

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