Gaming

The Steam Deck is the best budget gaming PC you can buy*

The Steam Deck is the best budget gaming PC you can buy*

You can’t even buy a decent graphics card for the price of the Steam Deck. This is the state of PC gaming in 2022; a hobby with such an expensive entry requirement right now that those with no seriously disposable income need not apply. Even if you could find a PC for the same price as the new Valve handheld, I can guarantee it wouldn’t come with a discrete GPU today, and I can also guarantee you’d be extremely disappointed trying to play any game this side of 2006.

But the Steam Deck will even play Elden Ring with a good lick, as well as nothing can play this PC port stuttering right now – and I’ve had impressive gaming performance in just about every game I’ve launched. Sure you have to be a bit parsimonious about the graphics settings, maybe give it a frame rate cap if you want something like playable battery life, and it only runs at 1280 x 800, but it’s a gaming pc who can play and be yours for just $529.