>>21729>i really don't understand the appeal of a dedicated console in 2023.
I mean you can dock it to a monitor or tv with valves or third party docks and still use it as a PC, plus with the OLED touchpad improvements you can use it as a tablet on your bed if you just wanna watch videos or read emails.
In short it's already a PC and not a 'console'. It's just a PC with joysticks, and a PC that valve sells at a loss no less. I've not for everyone myself including since I already have a decent gaymer PC but I do see the appeal. I respect deck owners a LOT more than I respect Microsoft Xbox owners since their machine isn't doomed to become E-waste after a decade or two unlike newer Xboxes which won't even let you replace the SSD, yes the SSD's are removable BUT you need to flash it with some propriety software to actually work which Microsoft refuses to release meaning if your hard drive dies, a wearable part that WILL eventually fail you need to basically ship it to a Xbox warehouse wasting money and time.
Also you have to keep in mind what the Deck was originally created for, yes it's meant to be a Switch and GDP win competitor BUT more importantly it's an attempt to slow down Microsoft's slow consolidation of the video game market to be locked in a walled off garden similar to that of Apple ISO but even worse. Valve's goal is to popularize Linux and Proton in order to fuck with Microsoft's PC dominance and they certainly made a big dent to say the least.
>you can get a mid tier pc or a laptop for half the price of a console that runs every game ever and runs them better and not to mention upgradeable
Decks have removable storage and a huge third party market, they're arguably better than many laptops in fact in terms of being able to service them, not denying you can get some better used ASUS or Lenovo laptops on Ebay but to compare the deck to your run of the mill Apple Mac knock off that's a soldered and glued piece of shit is disingenuous. Valve even released the CAD files for people who want to make 3D printed parts on or close to launch day, meanwhile Nintendo would crucify anyone who openly did that for their switch.