Because it is important: While release is still months away, many people are comparing Steam Deck to Nintendo’s Switch, given that they are both portable gaming machines. But one area where Nintendo has the upper hand is when its console is docked – the Switch gets a performance boost in this mode, while the Steam Deck won’t.
Valve’s Greg Coomer explained to Pc gamer that the company considered adding a “higher power mode” to the Steam Deck that kicks in when placed on a dock, “… but we did not choose to make it a high priority design goal,” he said. “We felt it was actually better to consider all the things that didn’t change based on the state of the connection or the mobile device.”
Valve has already confirmed that with the Steam Deck, which has a native resolution of 800p, 30fps is “the floor of what we consider playable.”
“We really wanted to prioritize its use in what we thought would be the highest use case, which is actually mobile,” Coomer continues. “And since we were focusing on that, and we chose as a threshold where the machine will perform well, and with a good frame rate with AAA games in that scenario. We really don’t feel like we should aim to go behind the scenes of resolution coupling as well. higher. We wanted a simpler design goal and prioritize that. “
The dock will not come bundled with the Steam Deck, it will be available separately for an unannounced price, but a powered USB Type-C hub seems to work just as well, as Linus demonstrates below.
Steam Deck owners will be able to lower a game’s settings or resolution just like they do on a PC, which should improve its docked performance, and its open nature suggests that users will eventually find ways to squeeze more performance out of the handheld. .
Valve recently said that the experience it gained from its older versions of hardware, including the notorious Steam Machines, helped in the development of the Steam Deck. We also know that its user interface is replacing Steam’s Big Picture mode.