NERD CAVE SHOW 20210720. AudioCraZ and Beard & Gary are in the studio/living room/AudioCraZ’s Questionable Decision Domicile. Valve recently announced their Steam Deck, and we discuss (and drool) over this x86 AMD APU based handheld pc gaming device. We also ask the question “Is AMD Evil?” as for years now AMD has made great APU processors (Accelerated Processing Unit) for consoles and handhelds, but why hasn’t the DIY PC market gotten something similar?
Valve Software opened up $5 preorders on their website for the upcoming Steam Deck (Which promptly crashed their servers). There will be 3 versions being identical except for the difference being with internal storage capacity. The 64 GB eMMC version will be $399, the 256 GB M.2 SSD version at $529, and the 512 GB M.2 SSD version going for $649. This will be a portable handheld Linux (Steam OS) gaming PC able to run the majority of Steam games at 720p. On top of that, you will be able to plug in a USB-C adapter to add on a monitor, keyboard and mouse (as well as the upcoming dock) for a full desktop experience. Very exciting!
Is AMD Evil?
With the Steam Deck being yet another gaming powerhouse that runs a custom AMD APU (CPU with graphics acceleration) the question we ask is: Is AMD Evil for continually making gaming APU’s for consoles, but never bringing any level of gaming performance to a desktop APU. AMD has made 4k capable APU’s for Xbox and Playstation, but why not for the PC? Obviously they can, but they choose not to. Why can’t we have low in PC gaming on an APU?
Steam Deck by Valve (Steam Powered)
There’s enough Steam Deck demand to take Steam’s store down (The Verge)
Here Are The List Of Games You Can’t Play On Steam Deck (Game Informer)
Steam Deck Hardware Analysis: Expect Potent 720p Gaming (Toms Hardware)
PlayStation 4 Technical Specifications (Wikipedia)
Playstation 5 (Wikipedia)
Xbox One (Wikipedia)
AMD Ryzen (Wikipedia)
AMD RDNA 1.0 Instruction Set Architecture Reference Guide (AMD)
AMD RDNA™ 2 Graphics Architecture (AMD)
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