The Steam Deck OLED announced, available starting November 16th

Out of nowhere we’ve gotten a new Steam Deck announced by Valve. This one has an OLED screen, along with better battery and faster download speeds. There’s also a limited edition with special transparent cover that will be purchasable on November 16th, but will be available in small amounts. We’re still processing all of this, so take a look at the information below to prep yourself on buying one.

All the things you love about Steam Deck, now with an OLED screen, better battery life, faster WiFi, and more.

Brighter colors, blacker blacks
Steam Deck’s HDR OLED display is designed from the ground up for gaming, with striking contrast, brilliant clarity, and a larger picture. With more colors, pure blacks, and amazing motion rendition, you’ll see your games in a new light.

More time to play
Steam Deck OLED has 30-50% more battery life. We fit a bigger battery into the case, and the OLED display draws less power. Add in an updated, more efficient AMD APU and you have way more time to play your favorites.

Faster downloads
Steam Deck OLED comes with Wifi 6E, offering increased bandwidth and lower latency. This means faster downloads (up to 3 times faster!) and stable online play.

Lighter, cooler
Thanks to a bigger fan and updated thermals, Steam Deck OLED runs cooler. It weighs 30g, or ~5% lighter than the LCD model, due to the screen.

Tech Specs
Processor: 6 nm AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.6GHz (1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 on-board RAM (6400 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)
Storage: Steam Deck 512GB NVMe SSD | Steam Deck 1TB NVMe SSD
Both include high-speed microSD card slot
Controls and Input

Gamepad controls
A B X Y buttons
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks: 2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
Haptics: HD haptics
Trackpads: 2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback, Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro: 6-Axis IMU

Resolution: 1280 x 800 x RGB
Display size: 7.4” diagonal
Maximum brightness: 1,000 nits peak brightness (HDR), 600 nits (SDR)
Contrast ratio: > 1,000,000 : 1
Color gamut: 110% P3
Refresh rate: up to 90Hz
Response time: <0.1 ms
Touch enabled: High performance touch

Light: Dual ambient light sensor ALS

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.3 (support for controllers, accessories and audio), Dedicated bluetooth antenna
Wi-Fi: Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E radio, 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Channels: Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Microphones: Dual microphone array
Headphone / mic jack: 3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
Digital: Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.3

Input: PD3.0 Type C power supply, 45W 2.5m cable
Battery: 50Whr battery. 3-12 hours of gameplay

Battery life estimates based on running titles at 30FPS, 50% brightness, and 50% volume. Running titles under different settings (such as uncapped framerate, higher brightness, and/or higher volume) may result in faster battery discharge.

microSD: UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
External connectivity for controllers & displays
Display port over Type C; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB3 gen 2

Size and Weight
Size: 298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight: Approx. 640 grams

Operating System: SteamOS 3 (Arch-based)
Desktop: KDE Plasma


Why isn’t the Limited Edition Steam Deck OLED available in my region?

Steam Deck Limited Edition is an experiment for our team, and we were only able to make a small quantity. That said, we hope this is a successful experiment and customers are excited – if we see there is a large demand for this kind of product, we will definitely continue to explore more colorways in the future.

Are there any differences in the Steam Deck 256GB model with this release?

The 256GB Steam Deck LCD (new entry level model) is the same Steam Deck 256GB we are shipping today – there are no changes other than price. We will continue supporting this model (and all existing Steam Deck LCD models) with software updates moving forward.

Is there a reservation queue if you run out of Steam Decks?

Yes, if we should run out of stock for a specific model, we will switch to a reservation queue and customers will receive invitations to purchase in the order that they entered the queue. That said, we will be refreshing inventory of Steam Deck regularly, and do not foresee long queue times like we saw with the Steam Deck LCD launch.

Are there any quantity limits when purchasing Steam Deck OLEDs?

At launch we are restricting purchases to 1 model of Steam Deck OLED per account per week. We plan to relax this restriction once we are confident we can meet demand.

Will replacement parts be available?

Yes, we will be working with iFixit again to provide replacement parts and repair guides for Steam Deck OLED.

Will all of my accessories for Steam Deck still work with Steam Deck OLED?

Yes, there is no difference in accessory compatibility between Steam Deck and Steam Deck OLED.

Stay tuned to GamingTrend for more Steam Deck OLED news and info!

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David Burdette is a gamer/writer/content creator from TN and Lead Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel, and many other fandoms. He also plays way too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.

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