Steam Deck, a handheld game arena that will be distributed in December 2021, as announced by Valve the parent company of Steam. The new device is creating a lot of buzz with its new features that provide many options for gamers. The device is handheld, portable, compatible, and every gamer’s dream. Steam Deck will allow users to access their steam accounts, and steam library resulting in the best PC games on the go. This device is going to act as Ord’s magical pouch, a character from Dragon Tales, which will encompass your dream PC game including Control and Hades. The device is sure to leave Nintendo Switch’s OLED model behind.
Steam Deck Storage
Steam Deck comes in 3 different models available for $399, $529, and $649. Of course, the price differentiation is going to cause differences in the storage of the 3 models.
The $399 steam deck model will offer 64GB eMMC, while the $529 and $649 models will offer 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD respectively, in addition to a “premium anti-glare etched glass” offered by the highest priced model.
In conclusion, the more expensive the model the faster the storage.
All three models are said to have identical exterior and most of the functions and qualities except for some Steam profile extras and obviously, the storage capacities.
Out of the many specs listed for Steam Deck, the expandable storage has been most debatable and has risen many questions. We all would agree that we want nothing but the best in terms of our gaming experience and the product we buy.
Valve has allowed the option of expandable storage in steam Deck in terms of a micro SD card. Now, you may wonder why you need to buy an additional micro SD card if you already have the 512 GB SSD model, to begin with.
Well, the micro SD card will be a great kick when put against the NVMe SSD models and the eMMC. Especially if you are buying the Steam Deck with the intent of going at releases like Control, Death Stranding, then you might want to invest in a micro SD to increase your storage and speed of the game and to have an immaculate dream experience.
SD Cards to Go With Steam Deck
Now there are three things to consider when buying a micro SD card for your Steam Deck model.
To begin with, the speed of the SD card matters a lot. However, nowadays there are cards available with ridiculously fast speeds for the camera industry that is not useful for your gaming experience. You need to focus on the read speed of the card, which will be how fast the card can split data out to the machine for use by you.
Moving on to the classification of the SD cards. What we aim for are UHS cards and to avoid NON-UHS cards at all costs. The UHS cards are Ultra High-Speed cards and are necessary for a good gaming experience. However, be mindful to get a UHS-I card as the Steam Deck slot only supports UHS-I and not the UHS-II cards.
Lastly, be mindful of the SD card Storage. With an SDXC card, go for 2TB, the maximum it can offer while the UHS-I can go to a maximum of 100MB/s at reading speeds and 90MB/s at write speeds. Other than that, look out for the V-ratings. V30 is 30MB/s for write speed, with V60 and V90 being 60 and 90 MB/s for write speed.
In other words, the larger the card the less speed you get.
Lexar Play 1TB MicroSDXC
Lexar Play 1TB is an SDXC card that offers read speed up to 150MB/s, V-ratings of V30, and a UHS-I. The SD card is Reliable and is intended for gaming. Sitting at a rating of V30 and 30MB/s write speed for transfers, would not be able to give you lightning-quick downloads but you will be able to throw on a dozen AAA games, kick back and enjoy.
SanDisk 256GB Extreme MicroSDXC
SanDisk 256GB Extreme offers a UHS-I speed that is the ultimate limit on the Steam Deck. All the while offering a maximum read speed of 160 MB/s and a write speed of 90 MB/s. although the storage on this card is lower than the 1TB of Lexar Play, the card offers almost the speed UHS speed with slight changes in the read and write speed. You might not be able to have a dozen AAA games on it but whatever game you will play, would have a decent speed.
Lexar 256GB Professional MicroSDXC
Lexar’s 256GB version sits at the same price as SanDisk 256GB mentioned above, but it offers a slightly better read speed of 170MB/s and a write speed of 120MB/s. With its UHS-I form and exceptional V-rating, this seems to be an ideal choice to fill the Expandable storage slot of Steam Deck.
This article has covered almost all the queries regarding the expandable slots along with providing some options for available micro SD cards. We sincerely hope this was helpful for you.