The steam deck is packed with some pretty impressive hardware and it comes in 3 different storage variations all packed with a 16GB LPDDR5 [5500MT/S] ram. The internal storage starts at 64GB eMMC, and expands to the faster 256GB NVMe and 512GB NVMe variations, all with expendable storage provision, meaning you can add up to 1TB of storage using a micro-SD card which will be able to install games onto and play off of.
The AMD APU Inside the Steam Deck
Inside the steam deck is a custom AMD APU. The CPU is a ZEN 2 packed with 4 Cores and 8 Threads at 2.4GHZ to 3.5GHZ (UP TO 488 GFLOPS FP32), and the GPU is 8 RDNA 2 CUS and 1.0GHZ to 1.6GHZ. The total APU power combined is at around a whooping 2 teraflops which means you can play all games in the steam library, and even the latest generation PC games at medium to high settings, with no problems. Impressive right?
The Steam Deck Software
At first glance the steam deck looks like a hand-held gaming device and may be compared the Nintendo switch, but the steam deck is more of a hand-held gaming PC and in the words of valve’s UX designer, Lawrence Yang, “maybe a better way to think about it is that it’s a small PC with a controller attached to it as opposed to a gaming console”.
Though it runs on a linux based custom version of ‘steam OS’, its users can run both linux and windows games and are at liberty to install whatever PC related gaming software, other third-party PC software or even completely wipe the steam OS and install windows OS use is fully as a PC. Also, all of steam’s features like cloud save will be available on the steam deck, meaning you can save and quit a game on your PC and resume on your steam deck!