Valve unleashes new Steam Deck OLED with bigger battery & 90Hz screen

Joel Loynds
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Valve has refreshed its now iconic handheld PC, the Steam Deck, to include a new screen, bigger battery, and more.

In a surprise move, Valve has announced its refreshed Steam Deck, joining the three original models. The new Steam Deck OLED comes with a faster refresh rate of 90Hz and an OLED panel. It’s a bigger screen thanks to the bezels being reduced. You’ll also find the OLED panel makes things much brighter.

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With more power being drawn from the screen, the battery has also been increased and now includes faster charging. Interestingly, the size of the device hasn’t been changed with all these new upgrades.

There are no upgrades to the internals in terms of performance, however. Wi-Fi 6e has been implemented for better wireless speeds. However, most performance enhancements will be coming through SteamOS 3.5, which fixes a multitude of bugs persisting through the hardware and the beta has seen a massive improvement for certain titles.

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Evidence of a new piece of hardware from Valve was first spotted a few weeks ago after a South Korean regulatory body approved a new Wi-Fi card. However, speculation still points to a new VR headset from Valve.

Despite saying that there wouldn’t be a Steam Deck 2 until there’s a significant upgrade, this doesn’t seem to have stopped Valve from following suit with Nintendo and Sony.

Nintendo saw a massive success with its Switch OLED model, while Sony has just refreshed its PS5 console with a smaller version. Apple has also just released its refresh of MacBooks to include the new M3 series chip.

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Steam Deck OLED price

The new Steam Deck will come in at $549 for the 51GB and $649 for the 1TB model and will be phasing out the LCD models. The limited edition one will be $679.

Valve’s CEO, Gabe Newell, went on record as saying that the company took a hit on the low cost of the Steam Deck at launch.

Now that they’re refreshing with an OLED panel and bigger battery, it’s assumed that the price of the parts has come down enough to balance things out.

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Steam Deck OLED specs

Valve Steam Deck OLEDValve Steam Deck
Custom AMD Van Gogh (Aerith)Custom AMD Van Gogh (Aerith)
6nm7nm
AMD Zen 2AMD Zen 2
2.4 – 3.5GHz2.4 – 3.5GHz
4 | 84 | 8
AMD RDNA 2AMD RDNA 2
1 – 1.6GHz1 – 1.6GHz
512512
16GB quad channel LPDDR5 @ 5,500MT/s16GB quad channel LPDDR5 @ 5,500MT/s
512GB NVMe | 1TB NVMe64GB eMMC | 256GB NVMe SSD | 512GB NVMe SSD
7.4-inch OLED touchscreen7-inch LCD touchscreen
1280 x 8001280 x 800
90Hz60Hz
Stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, dual micsStereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, dual mics
Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth, 1x USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 supportWi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, 1x USB Type-C with DisplayPort 1.4 support
50Whr | 5,313mAh40Whr | 5,313mAh
11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inch (298 x 117 x 49mm)11.7 x 4.6 x 1.8-inch (298 x 117 x 49mm)
1.41lbs (640g)1.47lbs (669g)

When does the Steam Deck OLED release?

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Valve has said that we can expect the Steam Deck OLED from November 16 – at least for the special edition. This special edition is only available in Canada and the US.

While the Steam Deck was originally delayed, and spent months out of stock, Valve’s manufacturing partners managed to get around this and the device has rarely been out of stock since.

However, there’s still no news on when the hardware will launch in some regions, like Australia.

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The Steam Deck has made major waves in the gaming industry, with Lenovo and Asus both following up with their own Windows-powered devices.

About The Author

E-Commerce Editor. You can get in touch with him over email: joel.loynds@dexerto.com. He's written extensively about video games and tech for over a decade for various sites. Previously seen on Scan, WePC, PCGuide, Eurogamer, Digital Foundry and Metro.co.uk. A deep love for old tech, bad games and even jankier MTG decks.