Steam Deck OLED Brings Better Visuals and Battery Life

Steam Deck OLED

Valve entered the handheld gaming market back in 2021 by releasing the Steam Deck. As the handheld device is now more than two years old, fans were expecting Valve to release the second-gen model. But instead, Valve released the Steam Deck OLED.

As the name suggests, the main upgrade for the Steam Deck OLED is that it comes with an OLED screen. The previous version came with LCD screens. This screen brings all the advantages of OLED screens, which include deep blacks and brighter whites. Also, it offers upgrades in terms of visuals and battery performance.

Main Highlights of the New Steam Deck OLED

The new Steam Deck OLED brings HDR support and can go up to 1000 nits in brightness. This display upgrade will lead to a better viewing experience, allowing you to enjoy the visuals of the games much better than the original. You also get more screen space, as the new model sees a 0.4-inch screen size increase.

Also, the Steam Deck OLED has support for a 90Hz refresh rate. To compare, the LCD model could only offer 60Hz. This upgrade will make the display offer smoother motions and a better overall gaming experience.

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Steam Deck OLED main highlights

In addition, the new Steam Deck OLED equips a refreshed 6 nm APU. To compare, the previous model featured a 7 nm APU. Valve says this will lead to better battery life, making the handheld device more power-efficient than the predecessor. To be exact, its 50 Wh battery should offer three to twelve hours of runtime.

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Other highlights of the new Steam Deck include 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, Bluetooth 5.3, support for WiFi 6E, and a 30-gram weight reduction from the original model. The new version will be available to purchase from November 16 at 10 AM Pacific. The starting price is US$549, which is for the 512 GB storage option.

Steam Deck OLED vs LCD
Image: Steam Deck LCD vs OLED

You can also get the LCD version at a discounted price now. The 512 GB Steam Deck LCD is currently listed at US$349. But Valve says that it won’t be restocking the LCD model anymore. So, if you’re to get one, you need to hurry.

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