The Steam Deck was first announced earlier this year by, Valve, as a handheld device. Steam Deck had been compared to Nintendo Switch from the moment it was released, and there are certain notable comparable differences between the two, but the most important is performance.
According to a recent article by PC Gamer, the Steam Deck will not see a performance boost when plugged into its dock, which is quite unlike the Nintendo Switch who shows a performance boost when docked.
Instead, users will be getting the same experience even when the device will be docked, resulting in a huge disappointment for players.
When PC Gamer approached the matter to Deck’s designer Greg Coomer, he acknowledged the rumor and confirmed that docking the device will not increase the performance, reasoning that design was not their main priority rather they focused on maintaining the mobile status of the device. Essentially, it all means that the Steam Deck should be expected to be a portable, mobile size, all in one gaming device.
Mr. Coomer further stated that they were focusing on a threshold where the machine will run well along with providing a good frame rate for AAA games. He ended his statement by saying that he felt no necessity to provide a higher resolution for the dock scenario.
It will be interesting to see people’s reactions to the reception of the device when it launches later this year. We can certainly a good sales for Steam Deck given Steam’s huge user base, but it remains to be seen whether or not those users will be interested in gaming on this device.