Dammit, I really want a Steam Deck now I’ve seen the leaked dev kit benchmarks

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Dammit, I really want a Steam Deck now I’ve seen the leaked dev kit benchmarks

The dev kits for the Valve Steam Deck are out in the wild and that means leaks are surely going to start coming thick and fast. In fact I’m maybe a little surprised it’s taken this long for gaming performance figures to filter out, but we’re now getting our first taste of how the Deck runs a few modern games. And now I wish I’d paid my $5 to get an early reservation.

The report comes from a user in China (via Tom’s Hardware) with access to a development kit, and they do acknowledge that, because of this, we can’t be totally confident that the performance they’ve seen will be 100% representative of the final release Decks. The tech could well change between the dev and release hardware, particularly things like the battery, and therefore battery life.

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But still, this is the same AMD Zen 2 APU at its heart, with the RDNA 2 silicon doing the graphical heavy lifting. And that means the actual fps performance numbers we’re seeing are likely to be pretty close, and the news is good too.

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