Valve is stepping things up with this improved Steam Deck that features an OLED display. Colors come through more vividly and in better contrast against true black on this screen. What’s more, it supports a higher refresh rate of 90Hz, the battery life is longer, and storage options are larger. These additions do make it more costly than the original, though. Depending on availability, it might be hard to get your hands on it.
All the perks of the original Steam Deck
OLED display provides better color and true black
Larger storage capacity options
Higher refresh rate
Longer battery life
Might be hard to get
Less expensive Steam Deck
Works well with optimized Steam games
Great balance and grips
The screen isn’t as good
Battery doesn’t last as long
Lower refresh rate
Weighs a little more
The Steam Deck LCD made a big splash when it released in February 2022 and ever since then it has gotten plenty of attention as one of the best gaming handhelds for accessing your library of Steam games. Now, Valve’s latest refresh of the system, the Steam Deck OLED, promises to improve on a few of the original device’s features with the titular OLED display and additional configuration options.
Both versions of these handhelds will serve you well when playing your games, but one is definitely better than the other. Let’s dive in and look at all of the known differences between the two Steam Deck versions.
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