Last week Nintendo launched the OLED Switch, this week Valve launched the Steam Deck. Are you going to pick up one of these or do you think that Android phones are the way the game is on the go? Before we direct you to the virtual voting room, let’s take a closer look at its competitors.
The OLED model of the Nintendo Switch will be available in October starting at $ 350, this with 64 GB of storage (the original had 32 GB). It offers a 7 “OLED display, an improvement over the smaller 6.2” LCD than the original (the Lite model has a smaller display at 5.5 “). However, it still has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 px.
The chipset is the same Tegra X1 as before, rumors of an upgrade are not going well. This means you get 720p graphics in handheld mode and 1080p when connected (arguably, more in a minute). Battery life is in the range of 4.5-9 hours (e.g. you can expect 5.5 hours while playing Wild Breath). This corresponds to the revised version of the Switch.
The dock has a new feature, a wired LAN port, which will allow for stable high-speed and low-latency connections even compared to the new Wi-Fi standard. Speaking of which, the Switch supports Wi-Fi 5 (ac).
Jumping to Valve Steam Deck, it will be available in December starting at $ 400. Note that this version comes with 64 GB of eMMC memory. If you want faster storage, the NVMe SSD, starts at $ 530 for the 256 GB model. RAM is always 16 GB DDR5.
The Deck is powered by an AMD Zen 2 APU with 4 cores (8 threads) and an RDNA 2 GPU with 8 CU. This is AMD’s latest graphics architecture (Radeon 6000 series), while Ryzen APUs use the outdated Vega architecture for their GPUs. So, this will be faster than the Ryzen APU, but not as fast as, say, the Radeon 6700 XT, which has 40 CU (but is priced the same as the Steam Deck itself and has a TDP of 230W).
Still, the onboard display won’t impress you with its graphics fidelity – this is a 7 ”LCD, a 16:10 panel this time around, up to a resolution of 1,280 x 800 px. It runs at a standard 60 Hz refresh rate and supports touch input.
If the display is too limited, you can use USB-C in 1.4 Alt DisplayPort mode to output 4K resolution at 120 Hz or even up to 8K. Not that the GPU can achieve a playable frame rate with this resolution. While Switch owners will tell you that older Tegra chips are no demon of speed and 1080p rendering is actually mostly a dream.
Both consoles have microSD slots for memory expansion and while the Switch can play games from microSD, we’re not sure we want to run PC -class games from one – using a USB 3.1 thumb drive would probably be a better option. Like the Switch, there’s an official dock for the Steam Deck that adds a full-size DisplayPort and HDMI port, one USB-A 3.1 port and two USB-A 2.0 ports.
In terms of battery life, it’s very different. The 40 WHr battery supports between 2 to 8 hours of playback. For network connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 5 (ac) again, if you get a dock, you will also have wired Ethernet. It weighs 669g, compared to 399g for the Switch (with Joy-Cons installed).
Let’s talk the next guard. The Nintendo Switch OLED has detachable Joy-Cons, which can act as a wireless controller for two players and also support motion control. When installed, they give the console a standard set of two analog sticks, a D pad, four action buttons and four shoulder buttons.
The Valve Steam Deck removes the page from the Steam Controller and has two touch pads. This is in addition to two analog sticks, a D-pad, four action buttons, four shoulder buttons and four additional triggers at the bottom. Of course, both of these consoles allow you to install additional controllers.
Guard: Steam Deck vs. Switch
Finally, let’s take a brief look at the game library, which is probably the most important feature on the console. They are both rich, but somehow they are diametrically opposed.
The Steam Deck runs SteamOS 3.0 (based on Arch Linux) and can play any game in the Steam library. These include modern games, many classic games and countless indie games.
Nintendo Switch runs Switch -exclusive games, including a library of high -quality first -party titles (plus some evergreen NES / SNES titles).
There are alternative methods to play on the go. There’s something like the MOQI i7s Android we reviewed a moment ago, which has innate controls like both. Devices like the Asus ROG Phone 5 also have multiple controllers. In fact, Android handsets in general should have native support for Sony DualShock 4 and Xbox controllers (though this can sometimes be broken). You can also play PC and console games with the cloud streaming service or stream games from your own PC / console.
So, is it – Switch or Steam Deck? Or not?
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