Valve has officially presented the Steam Deck OLED, set to hit the market in just a few days. The new variant offers not only a better display with HDR support but also a larger battery and several other novelties that fans of the base models have long requested.

The Steam Deck OLED is a new version of Valve’s portable console, equipped with the mentioned OLED screen with a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels, supporting HDR. Its maximum brightness reaches up to 1000 nits, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. This will make games look even better.

But changes in the hardware don’t stop there, as Valve has made quite a few surprising alterations. The Steam Deck OLED will feature a newer APU, produced in a 6nm lithography instead of 7nm. Its performance is expected to be the same as the older model but will be more energy-efficient.

The Steam Deck OLED is expected to offer a 30 to 50 percent longer battery life. This improvement is due to the screen change, the mentioned APU, and the inclusion of a larger battery. It now holds a 50 Wh capacity (instead of 40 Wh) and according to Valve, will allow gaming for 3 up to even 12 hours.

The charger remains the same, but Valve noticed that gamers need a longer cable, which this time will be 2.5m instead of 1.5m. The Steam Deck OLED is also 30g lighter than the LCD version and has a new fan promising better cooling performance. Additionally, it comes with faster LPDDR5 RAM memory (6400 MT/s instead of 5200 MT/s). The device also offers more advanced connectivity modules, including tri-band Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

Alongside the announcement of the Steam Deck OLED, Valve slightly adjusted the pricing. All LCD versions have become cheaper, with the 64GB and 512GB editions available only until stocks last. The 256GB LCD variant remains in the offer, priced at 419 EUR, while the OLED editions are priced at 569 EUR for the 512GB model and 679 EUR for the 1TB version.

The Steam Deck OLED will go on sale on November 16, 2023

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