PC gamers who have been look­ing for an on the go solu­tion may now have an answer. Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a com­plete­ly capa­ble PC that will launch this Decem­ber. It will start at $399. The announce­ment came hours before the Nin­ten­do Switch OLED pre­order began.

Steam Deck fea­tures a 7‑inch touch­screen, two thumb­sticks with a D‑pad, and a four-but­ton con­trol lay­out. The Steam Deck will play games from the user’s Steam account , which uses the device itself instead and no stream­ing. There is a charg­ing dock that con­nects to exter­nal dis­plays via HDMI or USB‑C, but it will be sold sep­a­rate­ly. You can also use oth­er pow­ered USB hubs if you already have them.

Three mod­els will be avail­able at the begin­ning: 64 GB ver­sion for $399, a 256 GB NVMe SSD for $529, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD mod­el for $649. All three will come with a car­ry­ing case, while the more expen­sive ver­sions will include perks like Steam Com­mu­ni­ty pro­file bun­dles. The 512 GB mod­el even fea­tures anti-glare etched glass.

Pre­order are live right now on Steam’s offi­cial web­site, with the intend­ed ship­ping peri­od set for Decem­ber 2021. Of course, no spe­cif­ic date for Decem­ber was pro­vid­ed. You can check out the specs below, as shared on Steam’s site.

Processor

  • AMD APU
  • CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4–3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
  • GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0–1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
  • APU pow­er: 4–15W

RAM

  • 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)

Storage

  • 64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
  • 256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
  • 512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
  • All mod­els include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

  • A B X Y buttons
  • D‑pad
  • L & R ana­log triggers
  • L & R bumpers
  • View & Menu buttons
  • 4 x assign­a­ble grip buttons
  • Thumb­sticks
  • 2 x full-size ana­log sticks with capac­i­tive touch

Haptics

  • HD hap­tics

Trackpads

  • 2 x 32.5mm square track­pads with hap­tic feedback
  • 55% bet­ter laten­cy com­pared to Steam Controller
  • Pres­sure-sen­si­tiv­i­ty for con­fig­urable click strength

Gyro

  • 6‑Axis IMU

Display

  • 1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • Opti­cal­ly bond­ed LCD for enhanced readability
  • 7″ diag­o­nal
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Touch enabled
  • Ambi­ent light sensor

Connectivity

  • Blue­tooth 5.0 (sup­port for con­trollers, acces­sories and audio)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

  • Stereo with embed­ded DSP for an immer­sive lis­ten­ing experience
  • Dual micro­phone array
  • 3.5mm stereo head­phone / head­set jack
  • Mul­ti­chan­nel audio via Dis­play­Port over USB‑C, stan­dard USB‑C, or Blue­tooth 5.0

Power

  • 45W USB Type‑C PD3.0 pow­er supply
  • 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 and Weight

  • Size: 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
  • Weight: 669 grams (approx­i­mate)

Software

  • Oper­at­ing Sys­tem: SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
  • Desk­top: KDE Plasma