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Valve reveals Steam Deck OLED for November 16th

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Valve has today announced the brand new Steam Deck OLED model with some great sounding upgrades inside so here's the details.

This is the same basics as the original Steam Deck models but comes with an HDR OLED screen, a longer lasting 50Whr battery, faster WiFi, and a slew of tweaks and improvements across the board. Valve say the HDR OLED was "designed from the ground up for gaming", gives you "30-50% longer battery life", has WiFi 6E and gives improved thermals with a bigger fan while being 5% lighter than the original models. Oh, the OLED screen is also bigger at 7.4" (from 7.0") and goes up to 90Hz!

It will also come with a brand new carrying case for the 1TB models that has a removable liner, better touch-screen, easier repairs with Torx type screws that go into metal threads, so no messing up the structural integrity and Valve say the internal components are "now easier to access, and Steam Deck OLED replacement parts will be coming to iFixit soon". Even the APU was upgraded to 6nm for better efficiency, and the memory was updated to 6400 MT/s, improving latency and power management.

Not just that, you're also getting lower-priced models with the original LCD screen.

  • Steam Deck 256GB LCD: Now $399 / £349 (effective immediately)
  • Steam Deck 512GB OLED: $549 / £479
  • Steam Deck 1TB OLED: $649 / £569
  • Steam Deck 1TB OLED Limited Edition (translucent colorway): $679 (US/Canada only)

Steam Deck OLED will be available November 16th at 10 AM Pacific / 6PM UTC in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and European Union, as well as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong via KOMODO.

However, the 64GB and 512GB LCD models are now being phased-out so they have a permanent discount until they are gone so while supplies last (prices effective immediately):

  • Steam Deck 64GB LCD: Now $349 / £309
  • Steam Deck 512GB LCD: Now $449 / £389
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In their tech specs, it even mentions it has "support for wake from Bluetooth controllers", which I'm sure will be exciting to anyone who plans to regularly dock it.

The Docking Station is now priced at $79 / £69.

See more on the Steam Deck Store and the refreshed Steam Deck Website.

I do have a review unit on the way, which is supposed to arrive today. So stay tuned for my thoughts and comparisons on it. Exciting times to be a Linux gaming fan!

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libgradev Nov 9, 2023
Mohandevir Nov 9, 2023
Wow! Awesome!

Can we expect the ram speed boost to give a couple of additional fps?
Arehandoro Nov 9, 2023
Can the original Steam be upgraded with this new OLED? Can the new battery be installed on the original?

If the answer to both is no, even if by sending to Valve in case they don’t provide the parts to other vendors, I’m rather unhappy with this. Too early for a revision.

Edit: I just saw the HDR screen doesn’t fit in the old one.

Last edited by Arehandoro on 9 November 2023 at 6:35 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy Nov 9, 2023
Well, this may not be a Steam Deck 2, but it seems at any rate something around Steam Deck 1.2 or so.
Purple Library Guy Nov 9, 2023
Quoting: ArehandoroCan the original Steam be upgraded with this new OLED?
My suspicion on this is no, just because the OLED is slightly larger, so presumably something about the chassis had to be adjusted for the bigger screen to fit.
I wonder how that works, actually. Is the whole thing just 0.4" bigger overall, or was there space around the edge of the existing screen that could be moved into so the device is the same size just with a bigger hole for the screen, or somewhere in between? Did they need to shift the controls any?

Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 9 November 2023 at 6:38 pm UTC
kuhpunkt Nov 9, 2023
This is just awesome.
Ehvis Nov 9, 2023
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Well, now we know what the HDR work in gamescope was for.

I'll stick with current one though. The little upgrades compared with my usage really doesn't justify getting a new one.
shadow1w2 Nov 9, 2023
Only been a year and they release a version I wanted in the first place heh.
I have enjoyed the deck but kinda hard to afford a new one right now.

Really wish they offered an upgrade deal for us day one buyers who waited it out and supported the their first release.
Got the 512 with the etched screen I didnt want but I dunno, maybe it'll be considered rare now?

Yeah it does feel too soon for a revision when the warranty has just ended not long ago for day one buyers.
One more year to wait heh.

Least the price is around the same but now I wonder if there will be yet another upgrade next year.
Which would be great if they had an upgrade trade in plan.
DerpFox Nov 9, 2023
I really don't know if I should feel happy that the deck is getting upgraded, showing how well it is doing. Or really angry that it is getting upgraded so soon. I got the "bigger and better" more expensive Deck thinking about the future, thinking the deck won't get any significant upgrade for the next 5 years (like everything else) and if we needed, we could always go to third parties for bigger SSD, batteries etc. And here I am 1 year later looking at this ... that really doesn't sit right with me. And the thing I think I hate the most is the limited edition translucent case. Not that I don't like translucent case, I love them, always loved them since I was a kid. If this was available when the deck first got out, I would have bought it. No, what I hate the most is the "limited edition", I really despise that kind of thing. It's really the first time I'm disappointed at valve.
McCarthee Nov 9, 2023
Shame the new display doesn't support VRR.
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