According to a recent report by PC Gamer, Valve has agreed to a partnership with AMD. This deal will see the two organizations work together to improve CPU performance for the Steam Deck’s operating system.
“[The ACPI CPUFreq driver] was not very performance/power efficiency for modern AMD platforms,” reads a review from Phoronix, “a new CPU performance scaling design for AMD platform which has better performance per watt scaling on such as 3D game like Horizon Zero Dawn with VKD3D-Proton on Steam.”
The Steam Deck is built around an AMD APU. This is expected to include a Zen 2 CPU and an RDNA 2 GPU. This Linux-based system will be powered by SteamOS 3.0.
The Steam Deck can be reserved now at a starting price of $399. The device is expected to be shipped out this coming December.