This is not the first time a handheld PC console with good specs was released. They existed before the Switch and they still exist now.
Moreover, the Steam Deck does not solve any of the issues that are inherent to portable handheld PC consoles, namely; very short battery life (Steam Deck, 8 hours playing some small indie game, 2 hours playing something that actually requires graphical output), overall weak performance (my GTX 1060 has better graphical power than what the Deck's APU can output, and the 1060 is an old card by now), weight (namely, being very heavy for a handheld) and temperature.
My issue isn't that this exists. I mean... so what?
My issue is that people are treating this like they just saw Gabe walking on water, like this is the best new shit on the block, like this is going to kill Nintendo, like this will forever change PC gaming.
But... it's literally nothing new or special!!
People are more interested in the minimum battery life, for which 2 hours isn't exactly much ... the launch Switch got criticized for its minimum 2hr battery life (current models have a minimum of 4hr).-2-8 hours in a handheld is standard for this. Most LAPTOPS with any decent power last about 6-8 hours. The Switch does 1/4 what this is capable of and at max gets 6 for games optimized for it.
Not more or less trash than the Steam Deck will be. Just because it carries a Valve logo doesn't make it different or better.-Yeah. Handheld pc's have existed. And they were limited trash costing upwards minimum of $700+. Deck starts at a measly $400 and based on what we have seen is far more capable, streamlined, and versatile.
-2-8 hours in a handheld is standard for this. Most LAPTOPS with any decent power last about 6-8 hours. The Switch does 1/4 what this is capable of and at max gets 6 for games optimized for it.
-No one in here said the Switch or Nintendo is going to be killed by this.
-Why are you comparing a handheld PC to a *desktop grade GPU*? Of course the GPU will out perform it. A PC will outperform anything. But last I checked, I cant play my super powerful PC with my 2070 Super in my bed, on trips, at my friends, or...anywhere I want. Compared to its competitors priced similarly it outperforms them.
Imagine being annoyed that people are excited about a nifty, affordable device they can use for whatever they want. No one ever gets hype for Valve hardware so maybe this time they have something appealing which is why people are interested? Lol
Yeah, my order in queue is for Q2, so I'll get advance warning if there are any major issues at launch, but I wont wait too long compared to others that reserved a spot after day 2.
In all seriousness I reserved one of these bad boys. Having my Steam library on the go just sounds really convenient.