In a rather surprising move, Steam has unveiled the Deck OLED, which boasts a larger 7.4-inch OLED screen equipped with HDR capabilities. This device integrates a fresh 6nm AMD APU known as “Sephiroth,” while keeping the same specs as its forerunner. Additionally, the platform utilizes speedier LPDDR5 memory clocked at 6400 MT/s.
The OLED version brings about several improvements, including an enhanced Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface that supports 2.4/5.0/6.0 GHz networks and adheres to IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards. Moreover, it features a larger 50 Whr battery, a 30g reduction in weight (a 5% decrease), and reduced heat generation.
The display resolution is set at 1280×800, delivering a peak brightness of 1000 units for HDR and 600 nits for SDR content. Additionally, the 90Hz panel provides a wide 110% P3 color gamut coverage. According to Valve, the screen by itself will help reduce power consumption to approximately half the wattage.
The upgraded OLED model showcases an improved heatsink with a thicker design and introduces a reconfigured fan setup. Reports suggest that this system operates with lower noise levels and produces less heat than its earlier predecessor.
The newly introduced OLED model is set to provide a 1TB storage option, effectively replacing the 512GB variant at the same $649 price point. Simultaneously, the 512GB OLED version will be available for $549, and the existing 512GB LCD model will see a price drop to $449. The 256GB LCD model will be priced at $399, and the entry-level 64GB design will be available at a reduced price of $349.
Valve has confirmed that the Deck OLED will maintain compatibility with accessories intended for the original “LCD” version. Furthermore, a Limited Edition variant featuring a distinctive translucent design will also be offered. The release date for the OLED version is now slated for November 16.
- >Brighter colors, blacker blacks – Steam Deck’s HDR OLED display is designed from the ground up for gaming, with striking contrast, brilliant clarity, and a larger picture. With more colors, pure blacks, and amazing motion rendition, you’ll see your games in a new light.
- >More time to play – Steam Deck OLED has 30-50% more battery life. We fit a bigger battery into the case, and the OLED display draws less power. Add in an updated, more efficient AMD APU and you have way more time to play your favorites.
- >Faster downloads – Comes with Wifi 6E, offering increased bandwidth and lower latency. This means faster downloads (up to 3 times faster!) and stable online play.
- >Lighter, cooler – Thanks to a bigger fan and updated thermals, the system runs cooler. It weighs 30g, or ~5% lighter than the LCD model, due to the screen.