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    Will Valve’s Steam Deck be available in the Philippines?

    Some local gaming retailers might release it in the future.

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    A few days ago, Valve unveiled the Steam Deck, a handheld gaming device that seems to be Valve’s answer to the Nintendo Switch. Unlike the Switch which runs on an Nvidia Tegra X1 (which is an old SoC at this point), the Steam Deck has an AMD Zen 2 CPU and an AMD RDNA 2 GPU, much like the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Thanks to this, the Steam Deck promises to give users a true triple-A PC gaming experience while on the go.

    Lots of gamers are probably interested in getting one, and a lot of gamers have likely already reserved their unit. But if you’re in the Philippines, here’s what you’ll be greeted with if you try and reserve a unit:

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    Yes, the Steam Deck is not available for reservation in the Philippines. But does this  means the Steam Deck will not release in the country at all? Well, we believe Steam Deck will release in the Philippines, but only in limited quantities and not officially through Valve.

    A few years ago, Valve released the Steam Controller. And while the controller was not made available in the country through Valve, the Steam Controller did show up in local gaming retailers such as Datablitz and iTECH.

    While there’s no guarantee that the Steam Deck will also be released by retailers here, there’s a possibility, especially as iTECH seems to already be gauging interest for the Steam Deck in the PH. If it does release though, we might have to wait a bit longer to get it. Plus, it’ll likely be much more expensive than its USD price tag when it arrives here.

    In case you missed it, the Steam Deck is a handheld gaming device that runs on Steam OS and promises to be able to play even triple-A PC titles. The Steam Deck features a 7-inch LCD touch screen, and it packs up to a 512GB SSD.

    Here are the official Steam Deck specs (via PC Gamer):

    CPUAMD Zen 2
    Core count4-core/8-thread
    CPU clock speed2.4–3.5GHz
    GPUAMD RDNA 2
    GPU Compute Units8
    GPU clock speed1–1.6GHz
    RAM16GB LPDDR5 @ 5,500MT/s
    Storage64GB eMMC / 256GB NVMe SSD / 512GB NVMe SSD
    Display7-inch LCD touchscreen
    Resolution1280 x 800
    Refresh rate60Hz
    AudioStereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, dual mics, USB Type-C/Bluetooth
    ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support
    Battery40Whr
    Size11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inch (298 x 117 x 49mm)
    WeightApproximately 1.47 lbs (669 grams)
    Price$399 (64GB) / $529 (256GB) / $649 (512GB)

    For more info on the Steam Deck, visit the device’s official website.

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    Nicolo Manaloto
    UnGeek's resident editor who is obsessed with anything and everything Death Stranding. He is also a big fan of the Yakuza series, and is a weaboo in denial.

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