Yesterday, Valve dropped something of a bombshell by announcing the Steam Deck, a handheld PC that runs SteamOS and grants access to thousands of games in the massive Steam library.
Available in three variants and powered by slick AMD tech, the Steam Deck will even have its own Switch-style dock at some point, and was shown running many titles which are also available on Nintendo's console. Heck, Valve even got former Nintendo Treehouse staffer Erik Peterson to demonstrate the new product.
Here's how the two devices stack up in terms of specs:
|Switch OLED||Valve Steam Deck|
|Display||7-Inch 1280x720 OLED touchscreen||7-inch 1280x800 (16:10), 60Hz LCD touchscreen|
|CPU||NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor (Tegra X1 'Mariko')||AMD Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz|
|GPU||NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor (Tegra X1 'Mariko')||8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz|
|RAM||4 GB||16 GB DDR5|
|Storage||64 GB, expandable with MicroSD cards||64GB / 256GB / 512GB, depending on version. Expandable with MicroSD cards|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, 3.5mm stereo jack||Stereo speakers, 3.5mm stereo jack, dual mics, multichannel USB-C/Bluetooth output|
|Battery||4310mAh (approximately 4.5-9 hours)||40Whr (2-8 hours)|
|Wireless connectivity||WI-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant)||Wi-Fi and Bluetooth|
|Wired connectivity||USB-C||USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2|
|Dock||HDMI out, x2 USB-A ports, wired LAN port||x3 USB-A, wired LAN port, USB-C, HDMI out (third party powered USB-C hubs also supported)|
|Dimensions||239mm x 102mm x 28.7mm||298mm x 117mm x 49mm|
|Weight||Approximately 0.93 lbs (421 grams) with Joy-Con controllers attached (0.71 lbs / 322 grams without)||Approximately 1.47 lbs (669 grams)|
|Cost||$349.99 / £309.99||$399 / £349 (64 GB)
$529 / £459 - (256 GB)
$649 / £569 - (512 GB)
Given that Nintendo is operating in a very different market to Valve, it's debatable as to whether or not the Switch and Steam Deck will be in direct competition.
Nintendo has the family market sewn up, and it can call upon its peerless selection of first-party games, too – but given that the Switch OLED and Steam Deck are launching reasonably close to one another and there's only $50 difference in price between them, it's tempting to ask: Which one will you go for?
Be sure to vote in our poll below and let us know your thoughts with a comment, too. Perhaps you won't be getting either option?