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Steam Deck snags ‘Best Gaming Hardware’ Golden Joystick award

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Steam Deck now holds the title of ‘Best Gaming Hardware’, having earned Valve a Golden Joystick at this year’s celebration event. As a result, fans of the gaming laptop are celebrating on social media, sharing their thoughts on why the laptop is deserving of the prestigious award.

Valve’s portable powerhouse might be the best gaming PC for gamers on the go, but it faced some handheld competition at last night’s Golden Joystick Awards. It wasn’t the only portable gaming device to receive a nomination, either, as both the Analogue Pocket and Playdate earned spots on the shortlist.


Image source: Twitter/Golden joysticks

Speaking of which, here’s the full list of nominees:

  • game date
  • steam deck
  • analog pocket
  • Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
  • Roccat Kone XP
  • WD black SN850 (PS5 SSD)

During the event, the CEO of Valve gabe newell accepted the award “on behalf of the gaming community”, while stating that Steam Deck would not be possible without their support.

later Twitter, Steam Deck enthusiasts are sharing their support for the handheld, with one fan claiming it’s a “game changer for PC gaming.” The community even managed to throw in some RTX 4000 jokes for good measure, including some references to RTX 4080 prices and melty RTX 4090 adapters.

It usually takes years for a platform to make an impact on the gaming scene. However, Valve has already built a good foundation for Steam Deck 2, especially when it comes to compatible games. Sure, Valve’s debut device is far from perfect, and using the best Steam Deck isn’t quite as straightforward as the Nintendo Switch, but it offers incredible portable performance at a nifty price.



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