So, did you receive the Steam Deck between launch and now? If so, good for you! Otherwise, there are plenty of Steam Deck alternatives to choose from.
For many, an alternative is a way to go right now. The Steam Deck has unfortunately been out of reach for many since its release in February 2022. Shortages never help, of course, especially given the current situation across the world today. Either way, the Steam Deck is still a hot item within months of release and will be impossible to obtain if you’re not on the reserve list.
Luckily, the market is now crowded, with tons of Steam Deck alternatives available. Sure, you’ve got the Nintendo Switch, but what about the more unique choices that attempt to make the PC experience portable? Well, let’s look at some of the alternative systems out there. Some have already been released, and more are still coming soon, but each of them can be a viable Steam Deck alternative in their own way.
Steam Deck Alternative – Anbernic Win 600
Price: to be determined
The Anbernic Win 600 is a system that hasn’t been released yet, but it certainly has a lot of promise. Anbernic is well known for its portable versions that focus heavily on emulation, such as the RG351V, and the Win 600 is its first foray into a more PC-specific portable market. Although the Win 600 currently has no release date, some experts believe it will be released later this year. For now, we don’t know much about the system.
When it comes to specs, Anbernic has been tight-lipped, although we know for certain that the system will have built-in ventilation, USB Type-A and C ports, and support for Windows 10-based Steam operating systems and Linux.
Alternative to the Steam Deck – AYANEO NEXT
The Steam Deck has Valve’s marquee team behind it, but it wasn’t the first PC handheld to come out of the gate. Many machines claim this fame, but the honor ultimately goes to the AYANEO. Formed in 2020, AYANEO released its first handled machine in 2021. Since then, AYANEO has gone through several releases in quick succession, with the current release being the AYANEO NEXT, which is currently more readily available than the Steam Deck.
The biggest hurdle is the sky-high price of over $1,300 for the system, which is probably a major stumbling block for anyone looking to purchase the machine. What does AYANEO NEXT offer for the asking price? Well, the main selling point is the ability to run Windows 10 on the system without issue, which the Steam Deck cannot do by default.
It has a sleeker design, allowing it to be more portable than the Steam Deck, and finally, it sports a solid 1TB SSD and an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U processor. It’s not as powerful as the Steam Deck, but it provides a pretty close approximation. It should also be noted that there is a slightly more powerful and much more expensive version of the AYANEO NEXT, called AYANEO NEXT Pro, which doubles the TB for the SSD and has 32 GB of RAM. It’s also over $1,600.
Steam Deck Alternative – AYN Odin Pro
The AYN Odin is an oddball on this list because it’s actually not a PC handheld like the Steam Deck, but rather an Android-based handheld. What it uses based on the Steam Deck is primarily its design and function; instead, it’s an ARM-based Android device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on the Pro model. And like many alternatives, you also have a choice of a Lite and Base model if the Pro is too much for you.
So yes, it is much weaker than the Steam Deck. So why even consider it? Well, the price is incredibly low, even lower than the base Steam Deck, with prices below $400 on the company’s Indiegogo page. There’s also an optional docking station accessory that lets you connect to your TV, with multiple inputs including, for some reason, GameCube and Nintendo 64 controller ports.
AYN also notes that the Odin Pro supports Windows on ARM, although it is an Android device which has some limitations. Still, the AYN Odin is a very affordable alternative that may not be able to play high-end games, but is perfect for some of your low-end options.
Alternative to Steam Deck – GPD Win 3
The GPD Win 3 is a system that has a lot more comparisons to the Nintendo Switch than the Steam Deck, but it’s also relatively smaller and lighter than the Steam Deck. One of the best features of the Win 3 is the built-in keyboard, which will definitely be a boon for some.
Apart from the keyboard, the power of the GPD is comparable to most other systems. Its processor is an Intel Core i5-1135G7 / Core i7 -1195G7 with 16 GB of RAM. You will also have 1TB of storage. Graphically, it can’t compare to most high-end games, but it can still run the newer versions on low or medium settings with a smooth 30fps. The 720p screen makes up for that a bit too, making the GPD Win 3 a solid choice for those who aren’t looking for pure power.
Steam Bridge Alternative – Lenovo LAVIE MINI PC
Price: to be determined
Lenovo and NEC plan to launch the LAVIE MINI PC, a portable PC machine intended to simultaneously compete with the Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch. First announced in January 2021, the LAVIE MINI still isn’t hitting store shelves, but if it’s coming out soon, it’s definitely one to watch. As it is currently a prototype, the specifications of the LAVIE MINI PC are not officially released by Lenovo. Therefore, prices and much of the information below are subject to change.
What we do know is that the LAVIE MINI is expected to feature a 256GB NVMe SSD, 11th Gen Intel processor and 16GB of RAM along with 1920 x 1200 resolution on an 8-inch touchscreen. That would make the LAVIE MINI a powerful machine when it comes out, if it comes with those specs.
The only other notable thing about the LAVIE MINI is that it’s not the only LAVIE machine that’s been announced, with the Lenovo LAVIE Pro Mobile, a laptop priced at $1,699.99, also revealed alongside the LAVIE MINI. It’s clear that Lenovo is really pushing to enter the portable system market, and they have the power and name recognition to do well if they play their cards right.
Steam Deck Alternative – ONEXPLAYER
Price: From $799
The ONEXPLAYER is one of many systems (of the same name) from the Chinese company One-Netbook available. The advantages for the ONEXPLAYER are quickly apparent; with 16 GB of RAM, a Ryzen 7 4800U processor and an AMD Radeon graphics card. The screen is high resolution and has enough power to play most modern games with relative ease. Its biggest flaw is its size; the screen and resolution may be too big for end-of-day portability, with an 8.4″ high-resolution touchscreen.
One of the best things about the ONEXPLAYER range is the versatility of what’s available. The price above and the technical specifications above are for only one of the available models. One-Netbook offers two mini versions of the ONEXPLAYER, and an even more powerful premium version, with a Ryzen 5800U processor. You also have the original OnexPlayer with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor.
You can also customize your mic by getting a detachable keyboard if you prefer it to a standard touchscreen or joystick. Ultimately, the ONEXPLAYER is arguably the most cost effective alternative to a Steam Deck without sacrificing too much power.
Steam Deck Alternative – OneGx1 Pro
Price – From $1329.05
One-Netbook has a ton of ONEXPLAYER systems, but another standout is their OneGx1 Pro. Basically, it’s a less powerful ONEXPLAYER but with an integrated keyboard, supporting a 7″ screen, 16 GB of RAM, and up to 512 GB of memory. The processing power is certainly lower, with an Intel Core i5 -1035G1 to play with, but what sets the OneGx1 Pro apart is that it’s more than a dedicated handheld.
The OneGx1Pro is basically a mini gaming laptop or laptop, which has enough power to play most games. It also comes with controller accessories that connect like Nintendo Joy-Con controllers to the side of the keyboard, making its status as a dedicated gaming machine even more concrete. Although weaker, the fact that it’s an all-in-one package supporting Windows 10 is a nice addition and perhaps a fair alternative to the standard ONEXPLAYER model. Oh, and the OneGx1 Pro is also just a handheld version, as you also have a mini and regular option.
So there are seven major Steam Deck alternatives for you. Of course, one of the best alternatives is still the Nintendo Switch, but it feels like cheating to include it in this list. Ultimately, any of the above systems can be a worthwhile buy if you’re willing to shell out the cash for it.