New Valve Steam Deck display debuts boasting improved colour accuracy and 1200p resolution
FX Technology, also known as F(x)tec, has sought to develop an alternative display for the Steam Deck, arguably one of the weaker elements of Valve's gaming handheld. For context, Valve has already publicly discussed the viability of offering a display upgrade for the Steam Deck. In short, while Valve 'understands the limitations' of the device's current display, it notes that other elements would need reworking to accommodate a new display.
With that in mind, FX Technology has announced the DeckHD, a 7-inch IPS display that runs natively at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels (1200p/WUXGA), with 400 nits peak brightness, a 60 Hz refresh rate, 74% AdobeRGB colour space coverage and an anti-glare coating. In other words, DeckHD is not only a higher resolution panel than the default one in the Steam Deck, but it is also more colour accurate; the Steam Deck covers 45% of the same colour space.
Purportedly, FX Technology will sell the DeckHD for US$99, although it has not set a release date yet. Instead, you can only put yourself on a waitlist for now. Ultimately, it remains to be seen how useful a 1200p display would be on something as small as the Steam Deck. On the one hand, it would open the option of running simple or older titles at a higher resolution. Alternatively, it should be possible to use upscaling to achieve 1200p gameplay while maintaining a native 720p or 800p resolution.
Moreover, the DeckHD may provide a better Windows desktop experience than the default 800p display. On the other hand, a 1200p display will reduce battery life. Similarly, the Steam Deck is not powerful enough to run most triple-A titles at 1080p, let alone 1200p. Please see the DeckHD website for more details.