The announcement of Valve’s Steam Deck is up there with some of the most exciting console announcements in gaming history. A handheld console like the often ignored Playstation Vita and beloved PSP, the Steam Deck gives owners access to games in their Steam library any time, anywhere.
The Steam Deck has an entire library of games ready to play on the go. Whether it is games from Xbox’s Game Pass or in your Steam Library, almost any game you can think of is playable on Valve’s handheld console. You can find a complete list of verified games here.
Firstly, even at the lowest price point, the Steam Deck is more expensive than the Switch, for a reason. The Steam Deck’s specs have the Switch beaten at almost every turn. The only thing that would make you choose a Switch over a Steam Deck is the kind of games you enjoy. If you’re a Nintendo fan, the Switch is for you. If you like anything and everything else, the Steam Deck is a clear choice.
It depends on your game and what you use your PC for.
If you’re a casual gamer who isn’t trying to become a Fortnite champion or doesn’t mind playing games on less than the best resolution, I don’t see why not. However, the Steam Deck is a handheld. If you regularly game at your desk and are comfortable there – I wouldn’t see the Steam Deck as a replacement to that, but rather as an addition.
If you have a mid-tier PC and have a secondary console for your more serious gaming sessions, there is no reason you couldn’t do the majority of your gaming on a Steam Deck. You will have to come to that decision on your own.