Valve has recently announced the release of new OLED models of the Steam Deck, marking a significant update to its popular handheld gaming device. These new models are slated to be available from November 16th, 2023.
The lineup now includes a base 256 GB LCD model, priced at $399 USD (or £349 GBP), and two OLED models with enhanced screens, offering 512 GB and 1 TB of storage. The 512 GB OLED model is priced at $549 USD (£479 GBP), and the 1 TB model at $649 USD (£569 GBP).
The OLED models boast several key improvements over the previous versions. They feature a larger 7.4-inch OLED display compared to the original 7-inch screen, and this new display promises more natural colors and deeper blacks, enhancing the overall visual experience of games. Additionally, these models come with improved battery life, offering between 3-12 hours of usage on a single charge, depending on the games being played. This enhanced battery performance is a result of the lower power draw of the OLED screen.
Besides the display and battery enhancements, the OLED Steam Deck models also offer better Wi-Fi capabilities, supporting Wi-Fi 6E compared to the Wi-Fi 5 in previous models. Despite these upgrades, the new OLED models maintain compatibility with all existing accessories and feature a more efficient processor, although the performance remains similar to the previous versions. This positions the new OLED Steam Deck as more of an upgrade than a completely new model, akin to the Switch OLED in the Nintendo lineup.
Interestingly, for customers in the US and Canada, Valve is also releasing a limited edition OLED Steam Deck in very limited quantities. This special edition will feature a unique colorway and is part of a test to gauge consumer interest in such exclusive editions. If successful, Valve may consider releasing more limited edition Steam Decks in the future.
For those less concerned with the OLED screen, Valve is offering the 64GB and 512GB LCD models at a reduced price of £309 and £389, respectively, available only while stocks last. This presents a great opportunity for gamers looking to purchase a Steam Deck at a more affordable price point.
In summary, the new OLED Steam Deck models bring significant improvements in display quality, battery life, and Wi-Fi capabilities, making them an attractive option for both existing fans and newcomers to the Steam Deck experience. The addition of a limited edition model in select regions further adds to the appeal, offering a unique choice for collectors and enthusiasts.