Last week, Valve announced the Steam Deck, their Zen-2-powered portable gaming PC that promises to run most games at 1280×800, though resolution by itself doesn’t mean much if you don’t know what type of performance the machine is on. is targeted. Well, Valve recently slipped a few more details about the Steam Deck in a recent interview with IGN, and those hoping for glorious 60fps or unlocked portable gameplay are in for a disappointment. According to Steam Deck developer Pierre-Loup Griffais, reaching 30 fps in games is their goal (thanks to PC Gamer for the transcription).
If people still value high frame rates and high resolution resolution [other] platforms. I think that content will scale very well to our 800p, 30Hz target. If people strongly prefer image quality, we may be in a position where I have compromises, but we haven’t really seen that yet.
800p I don’t mind, you’re playing on a small 7″ screen, but the goal of 30 fps is a bit of a shame. Obviously the Steam Deck is a PC so some games will work better than that, but I imagine you’ll be looking at that for a lot of newer games. Speaking of which, according to Griffais, Valve has tested numerous recent Steam games on the deck, and didn’t find one that couldn’t hit that 30fps target…
This is the first time we’ve reached the level of performance needed to run the latest generation of games really smoothly. All the games we wanted to be playable are actually the entire Steam library. We haven’t really found anything to throw at this device that it can’t handle.
For those who haven’t kept up, the Steam Deck runs on a custom AMD Van Gogh APU with Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU cores and costs between $400 and $650 depending on how much internal storage you choose.
The Steam Deck will ship sometime in December. The system has been backordered well into 2022.
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