Steam Deck VS Nintendo Switch

Nowadays, there are many gaming consoles available in market.  Nintendo Switch was the undisputed king in handheld gaming devices, until Steam Deck arrived. Some people are naming it Switch Killer, while others are mocking Steam for its previous flop devices. Let’s get started with Steam Deck Vs Nintendo Switch battle.

Fans will be fans, but here today we are going to do a factual comparison on the basis of technologies available in these devices. Not only technologies, we are also going to compare community support, number of quality games available and flexibility for users.

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First of all, Nintendo has a loyal fan base, stats show that among top 30 selling games on Nintendo only 10% are available elsewhere. Which shows that Nintendo fans like what they are served and they have exclusive content. This is Nintendo’s strategy, they sell their games through their device. Which means it isn’t an open system.

While on the other hand, Steam allows users to play games on different platforms. It has allowed different stores on Steam Deck which increases the number of games a user can play.

Steam Deck Vs Nintendo Switch Price Factor

Nintendo Switch 64 GB variants costs $299, and OLED costs $349. Where as Steam Deck 64 GB variant costs $349.


Steam Deck has a AMD Zen 2 processor with 4 cored and 8 threads. A GPU lock speed of 1-1.6 GHZ. Where as Nintendo Switch has Nvidia custom Tegra processor. Nvidia haven’t provided any official specs about this processor, but it is rumored that it has same number of core and thread as Deck.

Other Things

Screen sizes are same, and have the same technology. Battery life doesn’t have a huge difference either. Both of them have multi capacitive touch. Both has a resolution of 1200X800 px.

Operating System

Switch Deck has SteamOS, it is a Linux based operating system. There are more than 15,000 games that are compatible with it. You can install games from various Game store like Microsoft game store and other major stores.

Nintendo Switch runs on FreeBSD OS, which is a multitasking operating system. But it doesn’t offer you options to install various game stores that Switch has.

Steam Deck Vs Nintendo Switch Conclusion

If you read online reviews, and compare the tech specs both of them are neck to neck. Both of them has cutting edge technology and tons of game that are top in charts.

If you are a person who likes to have a say over what content you install on your system, if you want multiple game stores Steam Deck is for you. If you are a fan of Nintendo games and you can not afford not to play Nintendo game then Switch should be your choice.