SteamOS is out of date, based on Debian Jessie, which was released in 2015. It is at least temporarily abandoned, there is no expected release.Nice, the more, the better. With Valve behind it is at least likely that the Steamdeck will have proper long term support, unlike many other of these (China)Handhelds. But is "SteamOS" a thing? I have no infos about that OS, what can we expect?
But with the difference that you can actualy buy a Steam Deck.It's almost a Smach-Z
It sounds cheap for a mobile gaming pc. It's a bit big, so I don't know if it will be mainstream. But I thought the same with the Switch but that was a hit.Excluding the fact that Valve understood why the Steam Controller was failing and improved it, instead of blindly using their old design.
The price seems very low ?!
I think they already said the internal storage is not replaceable. You can put a large SD card in there, but it will not match nvme speeds. Question is: do you actually need those speeds?This seems like a fairly good article on it: https://liliputing.com/2021/07/valv...ming-in-december-pre-orders-open-july-16.html
Things I wonder are:
Could you purchase the mid-level version and then just upgrade the SSD yourself? (Probably whilst voiding the warranty...) Or for that matter swap it for an NVMe 4G modem?!
Will it operate the next gen of μSD cards that should rival SSDs?
How good will it be at running other, non-Steam ecosystem emulators on non-SteamOSes?
Will there be a hardware keyboard accessory?
Will a future version fold back the side controllers, or make them detachable like the Switch?
Also, with the capacitive touch-integrated joy/thumbsticks, how does that work? Are the axis movements for larger movements and the touch sensor for more fine-grained movement? Does the touch function not work when you’re moving the sticks about their axes? Otherwise, how do you avoid the two conflicting? Wouldn’t resistive touch have made more sense so that there would be “depth”/pressure sensitivity, enabling a really precise trigger-like function? (Like gently squeezing a gun trigger)