Valve also insists that the open nature of the platform and OS should encourage other manufacturers to make their own similar products.
A recent change on Steam Deck's website raises concerns for future availability, which could pose a big problem for interested fans.
Valve designer Pierre-Loup Griffais says that the 30 FPS target for the Steam Deck is "the floor" of what they will consider acceptable in games.
"If you're a gamer, and you pick up a Switch, and you pick up one of these, you're going to know which one is right for you," says Gabe Newell.
"We haven't really found something we could throw at this device that it couldn't handle," says Valve's Pierre-Loup Griffais.
It's been a while since Ubisoft released its games via Steam, but enough success for the upcoming Steam Deck might make them reconsider.
We compare Valve's newly-announced Steam Deck to next-gen consoles, and try to ascertain a baseline for expected performance.
Valve enters the hardware space with a portable gaming PC- here's what you should know about it.
Pretty much every active console on the market is faced with thumbstick drifting issues, but Valve assures it has taken steps to avoid those problems with the Steam Deck.
Even the base model of the Steam Deck will have an M.2 2230 SSD slot, giving users the option to add and/or upgrade the SSD.
Now you see it, now you don't.
The system's RDNA 2 architecture allows it to support DirectX 12 Ultimate and its accompanying features. It's out in December 2021.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney praises the reveal of the Steam Deck, and the fact that it's an open platform that's not simply tied to Steam.
"Our view is, if we're doing this right, we're going to be selling these in millions of units," says Valve CEO Gabe Newell.
The Valve co-founder talks frankly about the price of the device, saying the company was "very aggressive" in the three price tiers.
Valve's Steam Deck runs on a modified version of SteamOS, with a number of Steam-centric features to make the experience better for end-users.
Valve's Steam Deck comes with a number of geat features that should put in on par with modern hardware.
The newly-announced Steam Deck features a custom AMD APU, which combines a Zen 2 CPU with an RDNA 2 GPU for seemingly great performance numbers.
Three versions will be available with storage space options ranging from 64 GB to 512 GB. A custom AMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2 APU powers the handheld.