Steam Deck will work the same and with the same performance, whether used as a laptop or plugged into the dock.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Greg Coomer, who has collaborated with Valve on the design of the laptop, has assured that the team decided that “it really was better, all things considered, not to vary depending on whether it was in the dock or how portable.”
This means that users will not experience any difference in performance when playing in handheld mode, a significant difference from the Nintendo Switch.
Cooper added that “We really wanted to prioritize for using it in what we thought would be the highest use case, which is actually mobile,” Coomer explains. “And so since we were focusing on that, and we chose like a threshold where the machine will run well, and with a good frame rate with AAA games in that scenario.”
“We didn’t really feel like we should target also going after the dock scenario at higher resolutions. We wanted a simpler design target and to prioritize that.”
The first Steam Deck units will arrive in December, although most reservations are already for 2022. The machine, available in three different configurations, uses an optimized version of the SteamOS operating system with a new interface and is compatible with most titles available in the Steam catalog.