Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch OLED: two different approaches to handheld gaming

The Steam Deck can be seen as a Nintendo Switch Pro, which many expected the Kyoto-based company to make. It is packed with powerful specifications and is capable of running the latest AAA games like Death Stranding and Doom Eternal. The Steam Deck is also portable, so it’s capable of more than just a handheld device. Plug it into a docking station and you can output it to a monitor, attach Bluetooth and USB accessories, and even use it for productivity tasks.

It’s a different Nintendo Switch OLED proposition in many ways, then. But one thing they have in common is the ability to play games on the go. If Valve’s new portable controller catches your eye, we’re pitting it head-to-head against the Switch OLED to see which one comes out on top.

Steam Deck vs. Nintendo Switch OLED: Price and Release Date

A woman playing Hollow Knight on Steam

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Valve’s Steam Deck costs $399 / £349 for the entry-level 64GB model, which is about as close as it gets to a Nintendo Switch OLED. After a delayed launch in early 2022, you can now pre-order the Steam Deck without a long reservation, usually arriving one to two weeks later. You can do that by heading to the Steam Store (Opens in a new tab).

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