Weekly poll results: Valve's Steam Deck beats the Nintendo Switch OLED

Peter, 25 July 2021

Valve stole Nintendo’s thunder – people were already lukewarm on the minimal upgrades brought on by the Switch OLED, but then Valve’s own portable console arrived to offer people an alluring alternative.

Many complain about the lack of physical game media, which makes it easier to sell old games you no longer need. And that’s true, but Steam’s whole reason for being is to make buying, installing and playing a new game just a few clicks away and doing it online makes the whole process frictionless

Valve Steam Deck Nintendo Switch OLED
Valve Steam Deck • Nintendo Switch OLED

Plus, it’s just a Linux PC in an unusual form factor, it should be possible to hook up an external DVD drive over USB if you really wanted. The Deck is a PC, alright, and all three models have 2230 m.2 slots. It will be possible to upgrade the storage, but Valve warns that the SSD is in a tough to reach spot and recommends that end users don’t fiddle with it. So, if you had plans of getting the cheapest option ($400 with 64GB eMMC storage) and swapping the storage yourself, you may want to reconsider.

Nintendo’s Game Cards do offer the advantages of physical media – including games not taking up space on the internal memory, no long install times, etc. And you can sell them too.

Speaking of games, the biggest deciding factor seems to be the game library. If you don’t care about Nintendo exclusives, the Switch OLED doesn’t have much to offer you that you can't grab from Steam. But then Nintendo exclusives tend to be highly popular and are the killer app for the Switch.

Weekly poll results: Valve's Steam Deck beats the Nintendo Switch OLED

If Nintendo ever releases a Switch Pro it might turn the tables on Valve. But for now the Steam Deck looks to be the better portable console, at least in the eyes of fans.

Naturally, some preferred the beefier desktop PCs and home consoles for gaming. That is the way to go if you want modern, high-quality graphics. However, surprisingly few voted that they use their phone to game - "surprisingly few", considering the sheer number of gaming phones that get announced.


Reader comments

  • Sin
  • 17 Nov 2023
  • 0FX

I use a gaming phone for portable gaming device but has had some problem's with sellers but if portable gaming is what you're into buy a gaming phone from a brand like Lenovo legion or Nubia red magic or Asus any of manufacturer's is g...

  • Sin
  • 28 Jun 2022
  • 7xu

For me phone is best portable gaming device would much prefer too use wine on a smartphone too get pc games too work on a phone or have games ported over too android or install a windows emulator on a phone

  • casual gamer
  • 30 Jul 2021
  • uCh

imho, switch's couch coop/multiplayer (local/splitscreen/offline) capability is one of the strongest points. so many casual gamers, i.e. a father who want to share seat playing together with his children, a kid with his friend(s), a husband with...

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