Tim Sweeney praises Steam Deck; Calls it “an incredible move” by Valve
Earlier this week, Valve once again surprised the gaming world with the unveiling of the Steam Deck: its longtime portable gaming PC, all crammed into a form factor slightly larger than the Nintendo Switch. The concept is apparently so brilliant that Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, took to social media to praise it.
According to Sweeney’s official tweet, the man described the Steam Deck as an “incredible move” from Valve, which is undeniably a little awkward, given his indirect war with the Newell-owned brand and its platform. digital distribution, Steam. However, it’s also pretty obvious to see that Sweeney’s tweet has all the attributes of an ulterior motive.
According to the official Steam Deck datasheet, the console is actually a Linux-based PC that runs on SteamOS 3.0, with a KDE Plasma overlay for its user interface. For Sweeney, that means Valve’s portable gaming machine uses an “open platform,” which in turn means the Deck can install and run any software it chooses. Technically speaking, of course.
Amazing Valve movement! A pocket PC / console hybrid running the SteamOS fork of Arch Linux, and it’s an open platform where users are free to install whatever software they want, including Windows and other stores. https://t.co/jf5TWUWGP5
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) July 15, 2021
Other hardware specs include a 4-core, 8-thread AMD APU based on the chipmaker’s Zen 2 architecture, running between 2.4 GHz and 3.5 GHz; eight RDNA2 compute units (CUs) operating between 1 GHz and 1.6 GHz and 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. For storage, the console comes with three SKUs; 64 GB eMMC, 256 GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD and 512 GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD.
Additionally, the Steam Deck’s 7-inch display has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:10. The entire machine is powered by a 40 Wh battery that Valve engineers say should provide between two and eight hours of gameplay, depending on the title running on it.
(Source: Twitter via Techspot)