In case you haven't heard the news, Valve has today announced a brand-new handheld gaming PC called the Steam Deck, set to begin shipping in December 2021 from as low as £349 / $399 for the 64GB version.

While the system itself runs on SteamOS, which is a custom Linux operating system, it's also a fully-functional PC, which means you've got a lot of freedom when it comes to customising the experience to suit your needs.

In terms of Xbox, for example, you could run Xbox Cloud Gaming through a Google Chrome browser to play hundreds of Xbox games, or if you wanted to take things one step further, you could theoretically even install a fresh copy of Windows onto the system, install Xbox Game Pass for PC, and download those games to the device.

As The Verge points out, however, installing Windows could potentially cause issues with the likes of driver support, so we'll have to wait and see how that fares when the system releases this December. That said, as long as the controller gets some support from Xbox, the Steam Deck should do a good job with Xbox Cloud Gaming at the very least.

"Introducing Steam Deck: powerful, portable PC gaming starting at $399. Designed by Valve, powered by Steam. Shipping December 2021.

We partnered with AMD to create Steam Deck's custom APU, optimized for handheld gaming. It is a Zen 2 + RDNA 2 powerhouse, delivering more than enough performance to run the latest AAA games in a very efficient power envelope."

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