After the initial announcement of the Steam Deck followed by pre-order opportunities, gamers have been keeping an eye out for additional information about the Steam Deck. Late last week, this information dropped courtesy of a new introduction trailer posted to Valve’s official YouTube channel.
While the trailer is short – 1 minute 6 seconds to be precise – it does show off a lot. Most notably, brief glimpses of games like Death Stranding being run on the Steam Deck.
Steam Deck Introduction Trailer Offers a Glimpse at the Handheld’s Power
We already know the Steam Deck will be capable of playing any game in your Steam library. Additionally, given the Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC, you can also download third party launchers and play games off your GOG account or your Epic Games Store account.
As impressive as the Steam Deck is on paper, it becomes even more impressive when you see clips of it in action. On Valve’s official YouTube channel, an introduction trailer for the Steam Deck was posted.
In the trailer, the Steam Deck is introduced as the most powerful gaming handheld in the world. This statement isn’t empty boasting either, as mentioned in the video comments, as the handheld really is powerful.
The trailer shows a few different games being played on the Steam Deck including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, DOOM Eternal, Ghostrunner, Slay The Spire, Baldur’s Gate, Death Stranding, Control, The Ascent, and Prey.
Meanwhile, the screen of the Steam Deck shows some other games that can be played on the device such as Dying Light, Guilty Gear Strive, No Man’s Sky, Portal 2, Scarlet Nexus, and Hades.
The trailer not only shows gameplay, the Steam Deck, and some of the Steam Deck’s UI, it also talks about some features that future Steam Deck owners may appreciate.
The Steam Deck is a full-featured gaming PC in handheld form with full-size thumbsticks, analog triggers, user assignable buttons, a multi-touch display, dual trackpads, gyroscope, expandable storage via micro SD, the ability to stream games to the Steam Deck from another PC, and more.
To access your Steam games, all you need to do is sign into your Steam account on the Steam Deck. According to the trailer, the Steam Deck runs a brand new version of Steam with a focus on handheld gaming.
In showing the UI, the trailer highlights some of the things you’ll have access to including the Steam Workshop. This makes sense given that, again, the Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC. It’s designed for Steam, but it’s not designed for Steam exclusively.
All in all, the Steam Deck looks really good especially for its price point which starts at $399 (USD). Three options for the Steam Deck are available including:
- Base ($399) – 64GB eMMC, Carrying Case
- Mid ($529) – 256GB NVMe SSD, Faster Storage, Carrying Case, Exclusive Steam Community Profile Bundle
- Best ($649) – 512GB NVMe SSD, Fastest Storage, Premium Anti-Glare Etched Glass, Exclusive Carrying Case, Exclusive Steam Community Profile Bundle, Exclusive Virtual Keyboard Theme
Currently, expected order availability for the Steam Deck is Q2 2022. For more on the Steam Deck, be sure to check out the official page for the Steam Deck on Steam.
If you want to see even more games in action on the Steam Deck, we also highly recommend checking out a video from Linus Tech Tips (embedded below) where they get to try out the Steam Deck early.