Steam Deck OLED Announced, Goes On Sale November 16 With Longer Battery Life And More

Valve has today announced an updated version of its Steam Deck handheld console, with the Steam Deck OLED following a tried and tested approach pioneered by the Nintendo Switch.

That means that this new model is essentially the same as the one that was already on sale but with the addition of a new OLED display.

It’s also bigger at 7.4 inches and runs at a refresh rate of up to 90Hz for smoother gameplay. HDR is also supported with a maximum 1,000-nit brightness making the original Steam Deck’s 400 nits seem poor in comparison.

As noted by some, there are changes on the inside that should improve performance, too.

The Steam Deck OLED boasts a downsized iteration of the custom APU featured in the initial Steam Deck release. This updated APU is manufactured using a more advanced 6nm process, as opposed to the previous 7nm process. Die-shrinking is typically employed by manufacturers to enhance either performance or efficiency, and in this case, Valve has opted for the latter. The maximum frequencies for both the GPU and CPU remain consistent across both the LCD and OLED models. This means that developers focusing on optimizing their games for Steam Decks only need to target a single performance threshold.

The battery has also grown by 25% which ensures a battery life of between three and 12 hours depending on what you’re playing. Other improvements include the addition of Wi-Fi 6E support as well as Bluetooth 5.3.

As for pricing, the new 512GB Steam Deck OLED will sell for $549 with an extra $100 getting you 1TB of storage. The 256GB OG Steam Deck will sell for $399.

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