While the American company best known for its digital gaming platform on PC hasn’t drawn any comparisons to Nintendo’s hybrid system itself, it’s kind of hard to ignore certain similarities and the fact that the price is only $ 50 is higher than that of the recently announced Switch OLED.
During a conversation with IGN, Valve’s President Gabe Newell mentioned the importance of balancing performance and price when designing the Steam Deck. Unfortunately, while performance was a top priority, the compromise was what Newell calls the “painful” price point:
“I want to take that up and say, oh, it all works. It all happens quickly. It’s all … and then the price was secondary and painful. But that was pretty clearly a critical aspect.”
In a hands-on video, IGN compared the technology within the system within the “stable park” of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – and presented games such as control and Death stranding walk on it. Granted, it’s light years ahead of the Switch in the type of games it can run, and yet it’s only $ 50 more than an OLED model.
If Valve gets it right, Newell will believe in this new device – which the company has called the “little PC” and can even support windows – could potentially sell millions of units:
“So we think if we get this right, we’ll be selling these millions of units.”
Just yesterday Bloomberg released a report Claiming Switch OLED upgrades cost Nintendo around $ 10 more per unit.
What do you think of the Steam Deck’s starting price of $ 399 / £ 349 compared to Nintendo’s Switch prices? Do you think Nintendo need to worry? Leave your thoughts below.