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https://store.steampowered.com/news/group/39049601/view/2986431641634388284

So Valve have announced what they hope to be a Switch killer in that they both work in the same way, but the Deck being much more powerful, customisable , and thousands more games playable on the console. 

I rolled my eyes when I first saw this, but I'm now on the hype train when I think of the potential of the system. You'll be able to emulate all the old games, current games on the Switch may even play better on the Deck, it supports Linex and Windows, and you can play all the Xbox games through Xcloud. 

£350 is a bargain compared to the Switch, I've gone for the 256gb one at £459. 

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Interesting concept.

I can only hope it has more success and more long-term support than the Steam Controller and the Steam Machine.

I don't think I'd invest much cash in a first gen Valve hardware product.

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The Steam container for ChromeOS is due very soon. I suspect that the two run on the same platform (container). It will obviously only be useful with a reasonably powerful Chromebook, but there is at least one in production with a discrete GPU.

Most of my Steam games will run on my core-i5 just fine though (I haven't bought anything on Steam in 5 or 6 years).

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I'm not sure Valve will consider it a "Switch killer" even though everybody else will make that comparison.   It's just that we are at the point now where stuff like this is possible. 

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Looks like a great bit of kit. With it being an 'open' platform, I can think of a few non gaming uses for it. As for gaming on it though, I gave up playing games on a PC when I couldn't install Command and Conquer: Generals on my PC back in 2003ish, I didn't have the graphics card that the game was expecting. I'd spent thousands on various PC components (and manual config - remember config.sys, auto exec.bat?) to allow me to play games like Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Quake II....I gave up with the tech churn and stuck to playing games on my consoles/arcade machines/pinball tables. It was always a great feeling with a console knowing that the game you'd just bought would just work. 

I'm probably far too old school. My eldest has got a gaming set-up down in our man cave with three large gaming monitors all with uber refresh rates and resolutions, why would you want to play a PC game on a handheld? Surely handhelds are great for short burst arcade games, in which case why not stick with a Switch as the games will have been created with that platform in mind?

 

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42 minutes ago, bielesibub said:

 

I'm probably far too old school. My eldest has got a gaming set-up down in our man cave with three large gaming monitors all with uber refresh rates and resolutions, why would you want to play a PC game on a handheld? Surely handhelds are great for short burst arcade games, in which case why not stick with a Switch as the games will have been created with that platform in mind?

 

This is where I am on it as well. Portable gaming in general isn't really for me. I can see a few use cases like someone that has a lengthy public transport commute, playing games on the go could be good fun, or someone that travels and stays away overnight might want one to get their gaming fix. Or even people that have had to sacrifice their gaming room for a kid's room or something. Kids are always the main audience for mobile platforms, I think, and I'd have loved one of these when I was in my teens.

I can see plenty of reasons other people might want one, but I don't see a use for it in my life, I have a vastly more capable PC, and if I'm not at home, I am doing something else and not wanting to play PC games.

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so this thing will be able to run football manager, game pass, connect to my PS5 controller and have a TV docking station?

i need to do more research on the memory and the trouble that will cause but i think i might get one of these rather than the new xbox

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6 hours ago, villa4europe said:

so this thing will be able to run football manager, game pass, connect to my PS5 controller and have a TV docking station?

i need to do more research on the memory and the trouble that will cause but i think i might get one of these rather than the new xbox

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Yeah I think thatll be OK as long as its not silly money, about £50 is alright 

Otherwise for me it'll be competing with a game pass TV app

Not interested in a handheld 

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29 minutes ago, villa4europe said:

Yeah I think thatll be OK as long as its not silly money, about £50 is alright 

Otherwise for me it'll be competing with a game pass TV app

Not interested in a handheld 

I'm thinking about it too, I'm not much of a PC gamer, mostly for convenience reasons but there have been times where I've felt "ah I wish I had a PC". This + the dock could really solve that issue. I'll wait to see how standardized the performance is.

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