Steam Deck: Valve Says It Never Really Compared Its Handheld to Switch

Despite comparisons between the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck, Valve's Gabe Newell says that the two platforms are designed around differing philosophies.

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_SilverHawk_64d ago (Edited 64d ago )

Well it makes sense. The only comparison really both are handheld gaming devices. The steam deck is a lot more powerful than the switch and has better controls. The steam deck also will play thousands of games available on steam and will play new games releasing this generation that the switch will never be able to play

ToddlerBrain64d ago

Yep. Outside of the physical look and the screen resolution, everything inside the Steam Deck is, technologically, generations ahead of the switch. Hard to compare the two after that.


Yes, but Switch still wins in terms of convenience (tabletop mode/better battery life/comes with a charging dock) and IPs that have mainstream appeal (Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, Ace Attorney, Xenoblade, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem etc.).

Steam Deck won't "kill" the Switch, nor does it need to. It just needs to be successful enough to influence other manufacturers to bring their own handhelds to the market. When that happens, Nintendo will think twice about releasing hardware that's two generations behind everyone else.

Zeref64d ago (Edited 64d ago )

So by that logic, you can't compare Xbox and Playstation either cuz they have different games and different controls?

ToddlerBrain64d ago

Lol no because the exclusives thing is becoming a grey area. Majority of Xbox and PS library are the same so that right there is a huge comparison. The controllers, while they look different, are based on xinput and both register as Xbox controllers when plugged into windows. Then when it comes to exclusives - they are becoming more and more available on PC and even MLB The Show, a PS DEVELOPED game, is now on Xbox.

Zeref64d ago

Lol your arms must be hurting from all that reaching.

Truth is the Steamdeck and the Switch are more similar than different.

specialguest64d ago

It's typically the gaming articles that like to make this comparison and fuel the console/handheld divide and war

TheColbertinator64d ago

They have similarities but Nintendo is still off doing their own thing. Unlike with Steam Deck, Valve can see the portable flop and they can easily scrap support since Steam is their main cash cow. Nintendo has no choice but to support the Switch completely since they depend on it so heavily.

At least the difference in the business sense.

jznrpg63d ago

They don’t support the Switch very well is the problem for me . They are selling tons of units but lack big AAA software every year . They get ports and all the small indie stuff but exclusives are rare and not a kiddie game exclusive is even more rare . I’m looking forward to SMTV but that’s it for now and the last game I bought was last year .

TheColbertinator63d ago

Nintendo will not abandon the family friendly market and you know that is part of their survival in the industry.

Even Microsoft and Sony cobble together tons of studios to get a family friendly hit but never reach the children's market like Pokemon, Mario and Animal Crossing.

Nintendo provides for me Fire Emblem, the next Bayonetta, Metroid and for the moment SMTV so they cover my bases for gaming. Not all of them but that is why I use Steam.


Astral Chain
Animal Crossing
Metroid Dread
Wario Ware
Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Fire Emblem Three Houses
Luigi's Mansion 3
Shin Megami Tensei V
Pokemon Sword and Shield
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
The Great Ace Attorney
Octopath Traveler (timed exclusive)
Dragon Quest 11 S (timed exclusive)

Nintendo supports the Switch extremely well. You not "liking" that support isn't Nintendo's problem.

ElvisHuxley64d ago

Why would they? Apart from portability, they have very little in common.

CDbiggen64d ago (Edited 64d ago )

Both have their place for me. I'll be using steam deck to play my steam library on the go, and Switch for Exclusives and multiplayer games. Let's be real though, the Deck wouldn't exist without the Switch.

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