Valve Introduces Steam Deck OLED Handheld Console with Upgraded AMD Sephiroth SOC
Valve has recently announced the release of the new Steam Deck OLED handheld gaming console, featuring an upgraded AMD 6nm SOC known as Sephiroth, a vibrant OLED screen, improved connectivity, and enhanced storage functionality.
In a teardown video by Dave2D, a close-up of the internals and the new SOC used in the Steam Deck OLED was revealed. The new AMD Sephiroth SOC maintains the same core configuration as the original Steam Deck’s specs, but with slight efficiency advantages.
The new SOC is based on a 6nm process node and features the same Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU core architecture. The CPU includes 4 cores and 8 threads running at up to 3.5 GHz, while the GPU features a total of 8 Compute units or 512 stream processors running at 1.6 GHz clock speeds. It also retains the same 4-15W TDP, but the new 6nm design is expected to allow for lower “actual” power consumption when running games and applications.
The 6nm process node also means that the die should be slightly smaller. Additionally, the handheld gaming console features faster memory, with the new LPDD5 6400 MT/s compared to the previous LPDDR5 5500 MT/s speeds.
The same 16 GB system memory has been retained, and the SSD capacities have been increased with up to 1 TB models.
The main attraction of the Steam Deck OLED is the vivid 7.4″ OLED screen, which features a resolution of 1280×800 and a 90Hz refresh rate with 1000 nits brightness.
The console Steam Deck OLED is set to launch in November.
It will come in three different models based on storage capacity and add-ons. The price points for each model are as follows:
– 512GB OLED – $549.00
– 1TB OLED – $649.00
– Limited Edition 1TB OLED – $679.00 (available only in the U.S. and Canada)
It’s noteworthy that once the Steam Deck OLED is launched, it will become the default model for the Steam Deck. As a result, Valve is phasing out the original LCD models, and has permanently discounted the first generation Steam Decks: $349 for the 64GB LCD, $399 for the 256GB LCD, and $449 for the 512GB LCD.
These discounted models will be available until supplies last.
Valve’s Steam Deck OLED aims to compete in the handheld gaming console market, offering a combination of powerful hardware and a portable form factor. The introduction of the upgraded AMD Sephiroth SOC and the vibrant OLED display marks a significant step forward for Valve in the handheld gaming space.
The gaming community is eagerly anticipating the release of the Steam Deck OLED, as it promises to deliver high-performance gaming on-the-go, making it a compelling option for gaming enthusiasts.
Overall, the Steam Deck OLED is poised to offer a compelling gaming experience with its powerful hardware and vibrant display, making it a standout choice in the handheld gaming market.