Valve Steam Deck handheld is almost double the weight of Nintendo Switch

Looks like the Valve Steam Deck will be a little bit beefier than the Nintendo Switch.


Valve hit the ground running today when the announced the Steam Deck, a new handheld device that will allow players to take their Steam library with them while on the go. As we all begin to dig into the details of Steam Deck, one thing that jumped out at us was the weight of the device. The Steam Deck will weigh nearly twice as much as the standard Nintendo Switch.

Steam Deck Weight Size

According to the specs for the Steam Deck, the device comes in at 669 g, which converts to 1.48 lbs. The standard Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, weighs .66 lbs without the Joy-Cons attached, and .88 lbs if they are attached. Any way you look at it, that’s about double the weight when holding a Steam Deck versus a Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, it’s interesting to note that the Nintendo Switch OLED will weigh .72 lbs without Joy-Cons, and .93 lbs with Joy-Cons attached. There’s still a sizable gap there, but not as much.

Since we’re already down the rabbit hole on this weight comparison, the Nintendo Switch (standard) is 4 inches high by 9.4 inches long and is 0.55 inches deep. The Steam Deck is 4.6 inches high, 11.7 inches long, and 1.9 inches deep. All around, the Steam Deck has more meat on its physical bones than the Nintendo Switch, which should give potential buyers who already own a Switch an idea of what to expect when holding the Steam Deck.

We’re hard at work covering the news from Valve today, so be sure to visit our Steam Deck topic to read all about this latest handheld device and join the conversation in the comments to let us know if you’ll be grabbing one.

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    July 15, 2021 10:37 AM

    Bill Lavoy posted a new article, Valve Steam Deck handheld is almost double the weight of Nintendo Switch

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      July 15, 2021 12:46 PM

      WHOA, that is heavy. ~1.5lbs is going to be hard to hold for extended play times. It better have perfect balance to help with that, and those grips better be really comfy.

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      July 15, 2021 12:47 PM

      Skipping leg day is finally paying off

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      July 15, 2021 12:56 PM

      Fucker weighs more than a Game Gear!!

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      July 15, 2021 12:56 PM

      the Switch OLED with JoyCons at .93lb vs this at 1.48lb means it's more like a 50% weight increase than 2x

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      July 15, 2021 12:59 PM

      You guys have 5 months to do some pushups and get swole.

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      July 18, 2021 9:41 AM

      You are objectively wrong?

      According to Nintendo website, it says: Switch: "Approximately .93 lbs with Joy-Con controllers attached"
      Switch: .93 lbs = ~422 grams
      Deck: 1.47 lbs = ~667 grams
      That's a 245 grams difference. It's heavier, but really not that bad, and certainly not "almost" double the weight.
      If it was over 820 grams, you'd be right to say "almost" double the weight, but it's not.

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