With the Nintendo Switch OLED and Valve Steam Deck out now, though the latter is difficult to get hold of, now may be a good time to tot up which handheld machine is best for you.
One core thing to note is while both machines look similar, they are rather different at their heart. The Switch OLED is basically a nicer Nintendo Switch and very much a handheld games console. The Steam Deck, however, is basically a portable PC, with all the flexibility and quirks that come with.
Deciding whether you want a Steam Deck or a Switch OLED, then, is more about assessing your own gaming habits than comparing the minutiae of each device. If you’re curious about which device might suit your preferences better, read on for our preliminary Valve Steam Deck vs. Nintendo Switch OLED observations.
Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch OLED: Specs compared
|Valve Steam Deck||Nintendo Switch OLED|
|Price||$399 / $529 / $649||$350|
|Release Date||December 2021||October 2021|
|Screen||7″ LCD touchscreen, 1280 x 800||7″ OLED touchscreen, 1280×720|
|CPU||AMD Zen 2, 3.5 GHz||Nvidia Tegra X1|
|GPU||AMD 8 RDNA||Custom Nvidia Maxwell|
|Memory||16 GB||4 GB|
|Storage||64 GB eMMC / 256 GB SSD / 512 GB SSD||64 GB eMMC|
|TV Connectivity||Dock (Included)||USB-C, Dock (Not included)|