Both Valve’s new Steam Deck and Nintendo’s upcoming OLED switch have cast a spell over me. But which handheld is now the better? My decision has now been made.
Steam deck vs. OLED switch: a difficult choice that doesn’t have to be
Just one day after the OLED switch was announced, I had already pre-ordered the new handheld from the electronics store of my choice – even though I already own a Nintendo Switch.
The changes to the original are downright minimal, but for me they are completely sufficient to justify a console upgrade. And to be honest, I can’t wait to finally get Nintendo’s new handheld in my hands!
But then Valve made one with the Steam Deck Switch Pro for PC gamers in front. And what can I say – I promptly reserved this handheld for myself. After all, the Steam Deck doesn’t just offer significantly more potent hardware, but lets me play all my games that I already have in my huge game library on the go. One of my gamer dreams is finally coming true! Sure, switch alternatives like the AYA Neo or the GPD Win 3 have been around for a long time, but so far they have always seemed halfway to me. On the other hand, I fully trust Valve that they can build a competent handheld for PC gamers.
So quickly open the browser and cancel my order for the OLED switch? I wouldn’t dream of that! Because the two handheld consoles cover completely different gaming areas. Sure, in the end they are both mobile game consoles, but if I want to play Nintendo games like the sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, There is no way around the switch for me anyway.
On the other hand, the Steam Deck allows me to play numerous games that have not yet been released for the Switch. Either because the developers didn’t want to port them, or because the Nintendo handheld simply doesn’t have enough steam under the hood.
In 2 minutes we will summarize for you in a short video what changes Nintendo has made to the new OLED switch:
Nothing can replace the Switch – but neither does the Steam Deck
In other words: The question of whether I should buy EITHER the OLED switch OR the Steam Deck has never really arisen for me. Both consoles offer enough unique selling pointsto stand out from the competition. It is not yet possible to say which of the two devices I will spend more time with in the end – but you can be sure that I will definitely have a lot of fun with both. And that’s exactly what a game console is all about at the end of the day, isn’t it?
What do you think of Valve’s new Steam Deck? Is the handheld a valid switch alternative for PC gamers for you? Or do you have the feeling that the console will go for a swim like the Steam Machines back then? Write us your opinion in the comments on Facebook!