Valve’s upcoming handheld PC, the Steam Deck, comes in various storage configurations, but can all be equipped with an SD card. One of the developers of the console, Lawrence Yang, late on Twitter know that games obviously load slower from an SD card, but the performance is still very acceptable. He refers in the Tweet to the Steam Deck-preview van IGN, which indeed proves the same.
Yang via Twitter
The game medium was allowed to test a few games and now it appears that all tried games were played from an SD card. Also all recorded gameplay is based on a model with SD card. In IGN’s preview is from 4:58 watch Portal 2 boot from sleep mode in seconds. There is no known footage of the loading time of a game without sleep mode. The medium does confirm Valve’s claims: “…games can be installed on an SD card and you can also play directly from it, provided you don’t mind that the loading times are slightly longer compared to the internal SSD.”
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