Is the Steam Deck’s 800p screen not clear enough? Want to upgrade it to get more crisp visuals? DeckHD may have the answer.
Part of the FX Technology Limited group, DeckHD plans to launch a 1200p screen that offers greater AdobeRGB coverage and comes with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, complete with that fancy anti-glare glass only seen in the most expensive Steam Decks.
The new DeckHD screen is currently estimated to cost $99, though it’s worth noting the use of “estimated.” It looks like that price isn’t quite fully locked in yet.
If you’re interested, you can join the waitlist over on the DeckHD website.
|DeckHD||Steam Deck Screen|
|1920 x 1200||1280 x 800|
|7-inch IPS Display||7-inch IPS Display|
|74% AdobeRGB Coverage||45% AdobeRGB Coverage|
|400 nits Screen Brightness||400 nits Screen Brightness|
|Anti-glare Coating||Anti-glare Coating (only the 512GB model)|
Is the DeckHD a good deal? It’s hard to say, especially without seeing any hands-on videos. There’s also the fact the Steam Deck struggles with AAA titles at the best of times, so how much usage that 1200p screen will get is up in the air.
For retro games, it could be worth it. They require less processing power so the resolution bump is sure to make older titles really shine on the Steam Deck. But, there’s a reason Valve went with 800p rather than 1080p – the Steam Deck isn’t powerful enough to run modern games at 1080p. That’s why FSR is such a big deal as it upscales lower resolutions to make them more crisp. Doing that natively would certainly put more pressure on the Deck and result in unplayable framerates.
Still, for those who use their Steam Deck for emulation, the idea of a potentially more powerful screen is sure to excite. While I don’t recommend picking up any screen until you’ve seen it in action, DeckHD is definitely one company worth keeping a close eye on.