Pierre-Loup Griffais is the deck developer. He stated that Valve targets 800p and 30Hz to run games on the Steam Deck handheld gaming computer. Over the past week, Valve slowly began drip-feeding information via IGN’s best buds about the new Steam Deck. Recently, Valve published some information about key hardware in the device.
Key members of the Steam Deck project have spoken out about the performance of the device.
The latest AMD APU, a quad-core Zen 2 CPU and an 8 CU RDNA2–Valve believes that the device has enough power to handle modern gaming at 30 frames per second. It feels like high-resolution, high-fps gaming trends are actually helping.
Griffais says, “If people still value high frame rates, high resolutions on various platforms,” Griffais adds, “I believe that content will scale down at our 800p, 30%Hz target really well.”
He does warn people who prefer image quality over image quality, however, by noting that while “we might be in an area where we might have to trade offs but we haven’t really seen that yet.”
While it hasn’t yet seen any games that the Steam Deck cannot handle, Valve is confident about its future performance.
Yazan Aldehayyat, a hardware engineer, says that the most important factor in our success is the use of the latest generation AMD GPU. “We use a new generation AMD CPU, and even the memory, we are using LPDDR5, which are brand new in the industry. We might be the first to use this new memory technology. It gives us a lot to look forward to.”
Aldehayyat also talks about systems that use the same architecture. He could be referring to RDNA 2 optimisations for Xbox Series X/S or PlayStation 5 systems, which would help out the Steam Deck.
He says that “we’re not alone with this architecture” and “any user who has it, as well as any optimisation game designers make for this new architecture, will be passed on to all system makers.” So I believe we are in a great position.
Aldehayyat could also be talking about possible systems that other manufacturers might make, built around the same custom Van Gogh AMD APU and featuring Valve’s SteamOS 3.0 operating software.
Gabe Newell, the Steam Deck’s big boss, spoke out about how he wants to see a new product category open up for Valve, which could bring “long-term benefits” to the company.