December 7, 2023

Valve stunned followers of the Steam Deck on Thursday with the announcement of the brand new OLED mannequin. In line with Valve, the Steam Deck OLED not solely encompasses a new high-dynamic vary OLED show, but in addition a bigger battery, sooner obtain speeds, and an even bigger fan. Plus, it’s 30 grams lighter than the LCD mannequin because of the OLED display screen.

Valve says the HDR OLED show has “extra colours, pure blacks, and superb movement rendition” to enhance upon the unique LCD show. The upgraded show additionally attracts much less energy, and that mixed with its larger battery means the Steam Deck OLED ought to final 30-50% longer than the LCD mannequin. The OLED mannequin additionally ships with Wifi 6E for elevated bandwidth and decrease latency. Downloads must be as much as thrice sooner.

Going ahead, there shall be three Steam Deck fashions accessible: 256GB LCD for $399, 512 OLED for $549, and 1TB OLED for $649. Valve is retiring the 64GB and 512GB Steam Deck LCD fashions, however they’re each completely discounted to $349 and $449, respectively, till they’re out of inventory. In case you don’t care about an OLED show, these are nice offers.

Steam Deck OLED shall be accessible within the US, Canada, European Union, and United Kingdom, in addition to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Along with the usual OLED fashions, Valve can also be launching a Restricted Version Steam Deck OLED in a singular purple colorway. The corporate says that portions are extremely restricted and can solely be accessible within the US and Canada whereas provides final.

“Steam Deck Restricted Version is an experiment for our workforce, and we had been solely in a position to make a small amount,” Valve defined. “That stated, we hope this can be a profitable experiment and prospects are excited – if we see there’s a massive demand for this sort of product, we will certainly proceed to discover extra colorways sooner or later.”

If Valve runs out of inventory for any new fashions, it’s going to change to a reservation queue and prospects will obtain invites to buy within the order that they entered the queue. That stated, the corporate doesn’t foresee provide constraints like the unique launch suffered. Moreover, prospects can solely buy one Steam Deck OLED per week at launch.