Steam Deck is a chonky beast of a handheld (because it's also a PC)

Valve's new Steam Deck is bigger than any existing video games handheld by a sizable margin, is a chonky portable PC beast.

Published Fri, Feb 4 2022 12:34 PM CST   |   Updated Thu, Mar 3 2022 3:17 AM CST

The Steam Deck is a gargantuan among smaller pocket-friendly handhelds.

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Valve's new Steam Deck is big. Just how big? It's a heckin' chonker, to borrow a phrase from the parlance of our times. New size comparison pictures from gaming YouTuber Cary Golomb shows the Steam Deck's overall thickness--it's even wider than Nintendo's monstrous Virtua Boy.

The Deck is bigger than any other handheld ever made...and rightly so, because it's basically a PC that you can hold in your hands. Valve's new hybrid system packs a seriously powerful custom AMD SoC with an RDNA 2.0 GPU and Zen 2 CPU that's powerful enough to play most games at decent performance targets, but the core SteamOS fabric ensures smooth compatibility too.

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One of the most impressive things about the Steam Deck (other than its intimidating size) is the quick resume-like function that lets you suspend a game session and jump right back into it later on.

Oh, and the Steam Deck can be docked just like a Nintendo Switch and be used to play games on your TV (or monitor). It's essentially a three-in-one: a PC, a console, and a handheld portable.

Valve will start shipping the Steam Deck on February 25, 2022, so be sure to pay the invoice once it arrives in your email. If you don't, someone else will get your reservation.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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