Valve reassures gamers about entry-level Steam Deck microSD performance

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Valve has reassured gamers about the Steam Deck’s microSD performance (Image: VALVE)

The Steam Deck was only unveiled last week, but it has already generated a lot of hype – thanks to its impressive specs and brilliant price. Valve says the Steam Deck — its portable PC gaming machine — is capable of playing the latest AAA games. The Steam Deck is equipped with a Zen 2 processor and an RDNA 2 GPU and is capable of ray tracing.

Per pixel, one programmer has compared the power of the Steam Deck to an Xbox Series X.

All this is available from € 349,-.

That’s the price of the entry-level Steam Deck, which comes with 64GB of eMMC storage, while the more expensive models come with a 256GB NVMe SSD or a 512GB NVMe SSD, but priced at £459 and £569 respectively.

If you’ve been thinking about saving some money, the good news is that all models of the Steam Deck come equipped with a microSD slot, so you can easily expand the amount of storage space for your console.

Some gamers considering going for the entry-level Steam Deck may be concerned about the performance of games running on the Steam Deck through a microSD slot.

However, as indicated in a message by WiredupReport, Valve’s Lawrence Yang has moved to dispel fears.

Yang was asked whether games running on a microSD slot run slower than games installed on internal storage.

And while Yang said games installed on the Steam Deck’s own storage will be faster, games will still run “great” when placed on a microSD slot.

Yang underlined this point, revealing that IGN – which has gone hands-on with the Steam Deck – was playing games running on a microSD.

Image of the new Steam Deck console UI

The Steam Deck was unveiled by Valve last week (Image: VALVE)

Yang was asked on Twitter: “Hey @lawrenceyang. In your interview with IGN you mentioned that the Steam Deck can be upgraded with an SD card. Are there any concerns about the read/write speed of the SD card and the lock? games are playable on the SD card, it just takes longer to load than when it’s stored internally?”

To which he replied: “Yes, games load faster from internal storage, but games still play great from an SD card. When IGN came along, all the games they tried (and made footage of) were played from a microSD card. Map.”

For those thinking about buying an entry-level Steam Deck to save some money, this should be music to their ears.

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