These 4 things could keep the Steam Deck from being great
The Steam Deck looks awesome, but there are a few areas where Valve could do a little better.
Valve’s new Steam Deck has been the hot topic of the PC gaming world in the last couple of weeks. The company behind the insanely popular PC gaming store announced its handheld PC gaming rig just a few weeks ago.
Since its announcement, we’ve learned a lot about the
This new gaming rig has obviously got a lot of people excited. The versatility of the machine is seemingly unmatched in the handheld gaming category, and the
Some of the things that Valve could improve upon with the
I want to start off by making it clear that I am actually excited to see what the
But there are some areas that have made me question some of Valve’s decision-making with this device. Let’s get into it.
LCD vs. OLED
The first thing that caught my attention was that the Steam Deck will have an LCD screen instead of utilizing the more efficient and overall better OLED option. Honestly, me noticing it probably has something to do with the fact that the
The decision to go with the less appealing LCD screen type doesn’t really make much sense to me. An OLED screen just makes the picture look so much better on devices, as each pixel is individually backlit. OLED screens are also much thinner, which could greatly increase the space inside the machine for other hardware components. It just seems odd that Valve would go with LCD on its groundbreaking handheld gaming PC that starts out at $399.
Another minor complaint about Steam Deck’s screen is the subpar resolution. The
Steam Deck doesn’t come with Windows installed
Maybe my biggest issue with the
The reasoning behind this is somewhat understandable. Surely the company had to optimize the operating system to work specifically with the
Just about every single game on the Steam Platform is optimized for Windows. While there are some that are optimized for Linux, the number is much lower. This means that, out of the box, the
Of course, you’ll be able to download Windows to the
I do understand that Windows is not an open-source operating system, and Linux is, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge on the subject. Still, it would have been nice if the
Dock sold seperately
Another minor complaint that I have about the Steam Deck is the fact that the dock is sold separately. It’s not a huge dealbreaker since the device is meant for handheld gaming, but it is something that I just shake my head at.
Much like the Nintendo Switch, there’s also a dock that you can get with the
The dock for the
Subpar battery life
My last complaint on the
The Steam Deck claims to have a maximum eight-hour battery life, but we all know those maximums are a bit generous. Sure, playing the least demanding game with the brightness turned way down and nothing going on on-screen might allow for eight hours of gaming, but I think we’re more likely to see three to four hours when playing more demanding games.
While three to four hours doesn’t seem that bad, it’s really not going to cut it when you’re looking for those hardcore gaming sessions that you get on your PC. The Steam Deck could use a bit bigger battery, and they could fit one if they switched over to an OLED screen!
Steam Deck‘s not perfect, but I’m still excited
Those are all of my real complaints about the
Still, the handheld gaming rig is still months away, so we will have to wait and see what it’s capable of. Hopefully, the rig surprises us and is the handheld gaming rig that PC gamers have been waiting for.
If you are interested in snagging a
- The Steam Deck will be able to run all Steam games at 30+ FPS
- We could still see a 4K Nintendo Switch sometime in 2022
- Sony’s new HDMI 2.1 soundbar is perfect for your PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
- Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass on July 27
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