Valve has announced a portable Steam Deck console that will run on the Linux operating system. Gabe Newell, CEO of the company, explained that Valve's top priority was to provide good performance for the Steam Deck. The console can be configured to work with Microsoft Windows, which means you can use the Xbox Game Studios service to download games.
The decision of the developers to release the console on Linux is due to the broader capabilities - you will be able to load third-party software on it - and this is quite rare for consoles. The Steam Deck will be loaded into the already familiar interface of the Steam platform, which will give you access to a large number of games. Although Linux does not support as many releases as Windows, you can easily change this by simply installing Windows on your console. Thus, the combination of Windows and Steam will give you access to an even larger game library.
In terms of technical specifications, the device will be much closer to the PC than you might imagine. The AMD processor will run slightly more power than the Xbox One S, but less than the PS4. In addition, it is not yet known how exactly the Windows drivers will work, which you will have to configure if you do not want to stay on Linux.
Whatever it was, Steam Deck is an interesting solution for a portable PC, which no generation of gamers has dreamed of. Not surprisingly, the price of the console can be an unpleasant surprise (up to 649$) - even to Gabe Newell himself, who considers price to be one of the critical factors in the future sales of Steam Deck. "Reducing the price was not our main goal," Newell explained.
Pre-orders of the console from Valve opened on July 16, and the exact release date has not yet been announced.