Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch: Better Handheld For Gaming

Valve recently announced its own handheld gaming device, which will compete with the popular Nintendo Switch. For the most tech-savvy individuals, you may already know who is the best handheld for gaming, but for those looking to purchase a Nintendo Switch or are interested in a handheld gaming device, this article will help you in deciding which is the best for your gaming needs.

In this article, we will compare both handheld devices as well as many aspects of them, such as game availability, price, battery life, and performance.

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Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch

Game Availability

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Both are excellent in terms of game availability, but the Steam Deck is superior if you want to play high-quality PC games as well as emulator games because the Steam Deck is a PC built into a handheld form factor. That does not imply that the switch is false. If you don’t care about PC games or only want to play Nintendo exclusives, the Switch is a good option.

The Nintendo Switch has a total of 3983 games. That number appears to be huge, but it pales in comparison to Steam, which has over 10,000 games, many of which are AAA titles such as Apex Legends, CS: GO, Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA 5, and many other PC-only titles.

Winner: Steam Deck

Price

Price-wise, there isn’t much of a difference between the two. The Steam Deck costs USD 399, while the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) costs USD 349. They both have the same amount of internal storage (64 GB). The switch may appear to be more affordable, but the Steam deck is far more powerful than the Nintendo switch and can run full PC games. 

This means that the steam deck’s base mode may be unable to install large AAA games, as most AAA games are larger than 50 gigabytes. You can also install games on SD cards in the steam deck, so for the most part, they are the same, but keep in mind that the steam deck is a full-fledged gaming PC for under USD 400.

Winner: Steam Deck

Battery Life

Both Battery Life is comparable, with Nintendo officially claiming that the original model’s battery life can last anywhere from 2.5 to 6.5 hours, and the Stream Deck’s product page claiming that the console’s battery life is somewhere between 2-8 hours. 

Because the Steam Deck runs PC games, you may only get 3 to 4 hours of general gaming time. Nintendo may be able to achieve better battery performance, but the difference in battery life may be minimal.

Winner: Nintendo Switch

Performance

The Steam Deck is the clear winner in terms of performance. Because the Steam Deck is a gaming PC, it is many times faster than the Nintendo Switch.

The Steam Deck is powered by an AMD APU, a Zen 2 CPU clocked at 2.4-3.5GHz, and an RDNA GPU clocked at 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32). That means the Steam Deck is just as powerful as the PlayStation 4. With a $50 difference, the Steam Deck outperforms the Nintendo Switch.

Winner: Steam Deck

Conclusion

For a long time, the Nintendo Switch was the undisputed king of handhelds, but times have changed. Steam Deck is powerful, has a large number of games, and starts at a low price. Other than the fact that the Steam Deck outperforms the Nintendo switch in every aspact, there are only a few reasons to buy a Nintendo switch, such as weight, nintendo exclusives, and an oled display.

Sujeet Kumar
I am a Gamer, Blogger, and the Lead/admin Writer in Gamers Discussion Hub.

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