Two weeks previous to its official launch, Valve has revealed the CAD information for its Steam Deck console’s exterior shell to GitHub, underneath a Inventive Commons License, saying “Hey! Excellent news for all of the tinkerers, modders, accent producers, or people who simply need to 3D print a Steam Deck to see the way it feels.”
This permits gaming accent producers, modders, in addition to DIY lovers to make use of the drawing and schematics to 3D-print customized shells of the machine.
The CAD information, nonetheless, allow customers solely to construct a shell for the Deck, and never your entire Deck itself. They embody STP fashions, STL fashions, in addition to drawings of the machine for reference.
The transfer is in sharp distinction to Sony with its PlayStation 5 console, with the corporate taking authorized motion towards third-party distributors promoting substitute covers for the console, making certain that customers buy solely formally licensed ones.
Valve, alternatively, permitting prospects to 3D print shells of the machine, mentioned that that firm was “trying ahead to seeing what the neighborhood creates!”
Steam Deck key specs
The Steam Deck’s specs have been launched by Valve alongside the precise console itself, and recommend that it’s the strongest, full-featured handheld gaming console out there.
It’s powered by a quad-core AMD Zen 2 CPU, with a clock pace of two.4 to three.5 GHz, and a 16GB LPDDR5 ram. It additionally options an AMD RDNA 2 GPU unit with a 1 to 1.6GHz clock pace.
The Steam Deck is accessible with three in-built storage choices – a 64GB eMMC, a 256GB NVMe SSD, or a 512GB NVMe SSD. The machine’s storage will also be expanded through a microSD card.
The hand-held console includes a 7-inch LCD touchscreen with a decision of 1280X800 and a 60Hz decision charge. For audio, it options stereo audio system with embedded DSP and twin mics, in addition to a USB Sort-C port and Bluetooth connectivity.
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The Steam Deck options triggers on the facet, 4 buttons on the again which may be customised by customers for inputs, in addition to two thumbsticks, and trackpads, which allow customers to play PC video games by no means designed for handheld consoles.
It packs a 40Whr battery which Valve claims can help wherever between two and eight hours of gameplay.
Along with being a handheld console, the Steam Deck additionally acts like a PC and may be plugged right into a monitor or tv, in addition to be related with exterior joysticks, a mouse or keyboard. Customers may set up Home windows on the machine if they like to not use SteamOS, Valve’s Linux-based working system. A compatibility software named Protos additionally permits customers to play video games constructed for Home windows on the console.
Pricing and availability
The Steam Deck Console retails for $399 for the 64GB model, $529 for the 256GB model, and $649 for the 512GB model. Although the machine is slated for launch on February 25, it will not be accessible for everybody to buy beginning the identical day although.
Valve will begin emailing prospects who pre-booked the console on February 25. The latter could have three days to buy the machine from the receipt of their order e-mail earlier than the reservation strikes to the subsequent particular person within the queue.
Steam Deck units will begin being delivered beginning February 28, with a small batch of latest order emails being launched every week.
Prospects can obtain the console by placing down a $5 deposit, which will likely be refunded in case a buyer decides to cancel their buy.
It’s at present accessible for reservation solely within the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union. It isn’t being bought in shops or e-commerce web sites both and may be bought solely from Valve straight.