Which of these expensive monsters belongs on your credit card bill?
When Valve announced that it planned to make a handheld called the Steam Deck, it was immediately compared to the Nintendo Switch. You can understand that kneejerk reaction. They both let you play “proper games” on the go, they share a similar shape, and they would both have you muttering covetous obscenities if you saw someone pull one out on the train.
Realistically, though, this is an apples and oranges comparison. The Nintendo Switch OLED Model, the most expensive one, costs £310, and the system is essentially a slightly underpowered home console with legs. The Steam Deck costs £350-570 depending on the model, and is basically a gaming laptop chopped up and jammed into a plastic surfboard.
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