Valve made the decision to update the Steam Deck OLED, just as they did with the Switch, adding an OLED screen with superior ergonomics, faster WiFi, and a bigger image, along with a console-like experience.
Steam Deck with an OLED screen
The HDR OLED display on the Steam Deck OLED is built from the ground up for gaming, with dramatic contrast, outstanding clarity, and a wider picture. You’ll experience your games in a whole new light with richer colors, clean blacks, and excellent motion rendition.
The redesigned handheld now has a larger and smoother 90Hz 7.4-inch OLED display instead of the LCD present in the earlier iteration, as the name indicates. It also has a 1280 x 800 resolution, supports HDR, and has a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits, allowing you to play in sunlight to some degree. It has also increased the touchscreen polling rate to 180 Hz, as well as improved latency and accuracy.
Play more, download quicker. 30–50% increased battery life is provided. The OLED display uses less power, and they were able to insert a larger battery into the casing. You’ll have a lot more time to play your favorite games when combined with the upgraded and more efficient AMD APU. Additionally, WiFi 6E, which offers more bandwidth and reduced latency, is included. This results in steady online gaming and up to three times quicker downloads. Plus, the improved thermals and larger fan allow the Steam Deck OLED to operate at a lower temperature. Because of the screen, it weighs 30g less, or about 5% less, than the LCD model.
Following that, 16GB of RAM and 512GB, or 1TB, of storage are matched with it. Its operating system (OS) is the Steam Deck OS, which has been enhanced by 30% and includes initial support for open-source BIOS and EC firmware and enhanced power management firmware.
All 1TB Steam Deck versions, including the Limited Edition, include a special casing with a detachable liner, which makes them perfect for backpacks. In addition, the touchscreen now offers more constant haptics and greater fidelity, resulting in increased responsiveness and fidelity. Furthermore, the specialized Bluetooth antenna enhances the connectivity of several controllers. Torx-type screws have replaced the old ones in the back casing, enabling disassembly without sacrificing structural integrity. Replacement parts for the Steam Deck OLED are anticipated shortly, and internal components are now more easily accessible.
Other updates of the Steam Deck OLED
- Enhanced bass responsiveness to create a more balanced sound profile
- Support for utilizing the 3.5mm headphone connection and the onboard microphone array concurrently has been added.
- Modified the material and form of the analog stick top to improve grip and resistance to dust accumulation and of the analog stick post to enhance the front cover contact and lessen wear
- Increased consistency in the analog stick-touch detection
- Enhanced tactility and responsiveness of the shoulder button switch mechanism
- Trackpad redesign for better edge recognition and accuracy
- Increased 40Wh battery capacity to 50Wh and faster charging with enhanced battery chemistry: from 20% to 80% in as short as 45 minutes
- WRGB was used as the charging LED.
- Additional support for turning on the device without needing AC power by long-pressing the power button after first unpacking
- Shortened the 1.5-meter power supply wire to 2.5 meters.
- Increased dependability of the bumper switch mechanism
- The bumper switch was moved to the joystick board for simpler maintenance.
- Removing or replacing the back cover is not necessary for a better display repair.
US Price with a Straight Conversion from USD to PHP:
- Steam Deck OLED 512GB – USD 549 (PHP 30.7K)
- Steam Deck OLED 1TB – USD 649 (PHP 36.3K)
Orders for it will be accepted beginning on November 16. As of now, there is no information on PH availability. For additional developments, keep checking back!