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Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that lets you play on the deck itself and lets you stream games on your PC. With its 40WHr power pack, the device can last for 8 hours, even when playing a demanding game. 

Steam Deck Streaming Feature and Battery Life

Greg Coomer, a product designer at Valve, said that players could play 8 hours straight, especially if the game is streamed on a computer and not played on the Steam Deck because it limits the frame rate.

According to PC Gamer, games like "Death Stranding" and "Portal 2" allow the battery to last five hours when played locally and 8 hours when streamed.

Game streaming is an option that gives Steam Deck more flexibility. Aside from prolonging the device's battery life, it can also help clear out some storage space since gamers can install the titles on their PC through streaming instead of downloading them on the device.

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If the Stream Deck ends up having issues running certain titles from the library, an alternative option would be to run the title on the computer and stream it, according to TechRadar.

The device is often compared to Nintendo Switch, and even though both are powerful handheld gaming devices, they are different performance-wise.

Unlike the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck's performance will stay the same even though it is docked. This means that if the game's resolution is 1080p when you play it locally, it will not change when you stream it on a PC.

Steam Deck's Release Date, Price, and Reservation

The Steam Deck will roll out in December.

Currently, the device can be reserved if you pay a $5 deposit. The deposit will go toward the cost of the device if you decide to order one, but it will be refunded if you change your mind and cancel the order, according to Polygon.  

The price of the device will depend on the version that you want. There are three different versions based on their storage size. The 64GB version costs $399, the 256GB version costs $529 and the 512GB version costs $649.

The expensive versions of the device have faster NVMe SSD storage, while the more affordable ones will have a 64GB embedded multi-media card or eMMC storage solution. All versions will let you increase storage space with a MicroSD card.

If you wish to upgrade the storage, you must purchase a high-speed MicroSD card for faster loading times.

As for its specifications, Valve revealed that the device would have a 7-inch screen. The Steam Deck will run on an AMD APU. The chip has two AMD architectures: Zen 2 and RDNA 2.

The Zen 2 is the same architecture that is found within AMD Ryzen 3000 processors. The Steam Deck has four Zen 2 cores that can handle eight threads and are ready to meet your portable gaming needs. The RDNA 2 architecture, on the other hand, will be responsible for your PC streaming needs.

Steam Deck has a dock, but it is sold separately. Valve has not revealed the price of the dock yet.

The dock will provide HDMI output, DisplayPort, Ethernet adapter, and three USB inputs.

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