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How Valve’s Steam Deck compares to Nintendo Switch, PS5, and Xbox Series X

Valve’s newly announced Steam Deck has instantly become one of the most intriguing bits of hardware on the market, but how does the portable, dock-enabled mini-PC compare to the latest consoles – PS5, Xbox Series X, and the competing Nintendo Switch handheld? 

We’ll start with the Nintendo Switch comparison because it puts several key things into perspective. Let’s get one thing out of the way now: the hardware in the Steam Deck smokes the Switch. We’ll get into that more in a moment, so for now just know that it’s really not even close, and that that’s very much by design. Valve wanted a gaming laptop you can hold like a big controller, and Nintendo wanted an affordable and flexible hybrid system. The Switch wasn’t designed to play AAA games at 4K and that’s reflected in its specs, even for the revised Nintendo Switch OLED model.