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Steam Deck OLED — 3 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to skip


Το Steam Deck OLED κάνει την καλύτερη κονσόλα παιχνιδιών ακόμα καλύτερη. Η νέα οθόνη OLED είναι το κύριο σημείο πώλησης, αλλά αυτή η ενημερωμένη συσκευή εισάγει επίσης έναν ελαφρύτερο σχεδιασμό, λειτουργεί πιο δροσερή και υπόσχεται καλύτερη διάρκεια ζωής της μπαταρίας. Όπως είπα στην πρακτική μου προεπισκόπηση Steam Deck OLED, η Valve το έκανε ξανά.

While the Steam Deck OLED improves on its predecessor in substantial ways, it may not be for everyone. There is no noticeable performance boost despite the updated APU. Installing third-party apps is also more difficult than on Windows 11 handhelds like the Asus ROG Ally and Lenovo Go.

So, is Steam Deck right for you? Here are 3 reasons to buy and 2 reasons to skip Valve's new handheld.

Steam Deck OLED: Reason to buy

Amazing OLED display

(Image: Future)

Let's get started with it : τη νέα οθόνη OLED. Νόμιζα ότι η οθόνη LCD 7 ιντσών 1.280 x 800 του αρχικού Steam Deck ήταν εξαιρετική, αλλά τώρα είναι δύσκολο να επιστρέψεις σε αυτήν αφού βιώσαμε τη ζωντανή αναβάθμιση του πάνελ OLED.

The contrast between dark and bright elements is amazing thanks to the OLED and HDR display. This is especially true in Cyberpunk 2077, where retina-searing neon lights bathe the grimy streets and alleyways. Thanks to the thinner bezels, the screen is now 7,4 inches wide compared to 7 inches. That might not sound like much, but trust me, the difference is stark.

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Header Cell – Column 0 Steam Deck OLED Steam deck Asus ROG Ally Lenovo
Conidia (brightness) 597 169 465 476
sRGB 143,7% 68,5% 108,6% 151,8%
DCI-P3 101,8% 48,5% 76,9% 107,5%
Delta-E 0,22 0,25 0,17 0,21

In our lab tests, we found that the Steam Deck OLED achieved 597 nits of standard brightness and 969 nits of HDR brightness. As you can see in the table above, Valve's handle shines brighter than its predecessor and competitors. The device also delivers solid (if somewhat oversaturated) colors.

The $649 high-end model's screen features etched anti-glare glass. I own the old 256GB Steam Deck (which is now the original model) and I can tell you that not seeing my face reflected on the handheld screen is a game changer. This, combined with the OLED panel, creates a great visual experience when playing games.

Smart design changes

Steam Deck OLED

(Image: Future)

The new Steam Deck OLED looks almost identical to the old model. It has the same controller layout, ergonomic handles and port placement. The all black plastic frame looks and feels as great as ever. Despite its similarities, there are some subtle (and clever) changes introduced with the OLED version.

The Steam Deck OLED is as large as the original at 11,7 x 4,6 x 1,9 inches. However, it is now lighter at 1,4kg. 1,5 to 1,4 kg doesn't sound like much of a difference, but it makes the system comfortable to hold for longer periods. Analog sticks are more hollow, which makes them easier to grip. The face and back buttons are also subtly different, though they look the same to me.

The Steam Deck is a masterpiece of ergonomic design, so it's a good thing Valve didn't mess with a winning formula.

Bigger battery and faster Wi-Fi 6E

Steam Deck OLED

(Image: Future)

Valve claims the new Steam Deck has 30-50% more battery life than older models thanks to its larger battery and how the OLED screen uses less power. The updated and more efficient AMD APU (6nm compared to 7nm) is another factor that saves battery life, according to Valve.

We'll see if the company's claims are true once we complete our battery tests. Based on my own experience with the Steam Deck OLED, I can say that it is not as noisy as my old 256GB model. Even when I've played for long stretches, the fans have never gotten over a smooth and soft hit. This is a far cry from the jet engine-like fan noise of the original Steam Deck. The system also runs cooler, based on my anecdotal experience.

Another welcome upgrade is Wi-Fi 6, which provides faster downloads compared to Wi-Fi 5 on previous models. On my Verizon Fios home network, I downloaded Marvel's -Man, Doom Eternal και Cyberpunk 2077 σε λίγο περισσότερο από 30 λεπτά, κάτι που είναι αρκετά ζόρικο. Αλλά αν είστε συνδεδεμένοι σε ένα πιο αργό δίκτυο, μην περιμένετε τέτοια αποτελέσματα. Ωστόσο, εάν έχετε σταθερή σύνδεση στο διαδίκτυο, θα απολαύσετε πολύ πιο γρήγορες λήψεις στο Steam Deck OLED.

Steam Deck OLED: Reasons to skip

You already have a Steam Deck

Steam Deck in hand playing Sonic

The original Steam Deck (pictured above) is still an incredible handheld gaming device. (Image: Tom's Guide)

As much as I love the Steam Deck OLED, I haven't rushed to buy it (though the FOMO is quite strong). If you're like me, you may find yourself in a similar situation.

The OLED screen is incredible and I love how much lighter it is to hold. However, I don't play Steam Deck nearly as much as I do on my PS5 or gaming PC. Even if I can afford it, it's hard to justify paying $500 to $700 for something I'll use occasionally. If you're a regular Steam Deck user, you don't need to upgrade.

The other reason I haven't pulled the trigger is because the Steam Deck OLED offers the same performance as the old model. Every game I tested on the new system ran pretty much the same as before — generally in the 35 to 45 fps range at each title's respective medium settings. There's no reason to spend so much money for the same basic performance. Better to wait for a Steam Deck 2 which will no doubt have a newer APU.

If you prefer Windows 11

Asus ROG Ally

The Asus ROG Ally (pictured above) is essentially a small Windows 11 PC. (Image: Tom's Guide)

Steam Deck runs on SteamOS, which is optimized for both the hardware and the games you can play. Verified Steam games generally run as well as they would on a console, although playable and (some) unsupported titles should also work fine. This level of compatibility is one of Steam Deck's biggest advantages over Windows 11 handhelds. However, it can also be a hindrance for modders.

You are free to install Windows 11 and many other applications through Steam Deck's desktop mode. However, the process isn't exactly streamlined — especially if you're using touchscreen controls to visit websites or try to enter commands. Desktop mode generally runs slowly as well, which can make an already cumbersome experience more frustrating.

Windows 11 does not yet have a dedicated gaming UI for handheld devices similar to SteamOS. Because of this, trying to launch games on systems like the Asus ROG Ally or Lenovo Legion Go isn't as seamless as it is on the Steam Deck. Accessing and launching Windows games on the best gaming PCs or the best gaming laptops is much more intuitive than on a Windows laptop.

Despite the limitations Windows 11 presents on handheld devices, it's a great operating system for modders and general compatibility. For the most part, any app or program that runs on Windows will run on a Windows-based handheld device. In fact, if you pair them with any of the best gaming monitors, best gaming keyboards, or best gaming mice, you can use an ROG Ally or Legion Go as effectively as a regular PC.

If you can live with some unfairness when trying to play games, you might find the greater freedom offered by Windows 11 handhelds a fair trade-off.

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