Technological World for November 15, games: Nifty Steam Deck OLED, clever sci-fi adventure the Invincible, Game Award nominees

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Valve’s got a new Steam Deck portable computer, you can explore a strange planet in the Invincible, and the Game Award nominations are out.

Valve’s new Steam Deck is a big upgrade

Valve’s got a new Steam Deck, just in time for the holidays.

The Steam Deck OLED has, as the name suggests, an OLED screen, which makes the new handheld computer thinner, lighter, and extends the battery life by up to 50%.

The screen is HDR-enabled, too.

Most of the rest of the technical specs are the same as in the original Steam Deck but the OLED model has larger hard drive space and WiFi 6E for faster wireless connectivity.

With the new hardware, the OG models have been priced to sell.

Here’s the lineup (prices in Canadian dollars):

  • Steam Deck 64GB LCD: $439
  • Steam Deck 256GB LCD: $499
  • Steam Deck 512GB LCD: $559
  • Steam Deck 512GB OLED: $689
  • Steam Deck 1TB OLED: $819

In Canada and the U.S., there is a limited edition translucent Steam Deck OLED with a 1 TB hard drive for $859.

The new Steam Deck OLED is available to purchase on November 16 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT.

The Invincible delivers thought-provoking sci-fi adventure

Based on a novella by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, The Invincible is a compelling and mysterious adventure set on a fascinating planet.

You play as Yasna, an astrobiologist, seemingly the only person on planet Regis III and tasked with uncovering what happened with the other explorers who were on the planet before you.

There’s no combat here, just opportunities to explore and discover and consider. Your choices are logged and change the path of the story you reveal. One perk of the game is that your particular story is documented as a comic book, so you can look back at the entire narrative when you’re done.

And you can also go back and replay the game while making different decisions, and create an entirely different story.

Developed by Starward Industries and published by 11 bit studios, the Invincible is available now for PS5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S. Rated mature.

Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 each have 8 nominations for the Game Awards

Nominees for the 2023 Game Awards were revealed on Monday. Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 picked up eight nominations, including Game of the Year.

Other Game of the Year nominations went to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Games developed by independent studios nominated for Best Indie Game are Cocoon, Dave the Diver, Dredge, Sea of Stars, and Viewfinder.

The general public is encouraged to vote for the games they would like to win.

Nominees are chosen by juries selected for their expertise who submit ballots with their top five choices, and winners are, according to the website, “determined by a blended vote between the voting jury (90%) and public fan voting (10%).”

The event will broadcast live on December 7 at 4:30 p.m. PT on all the channels you can imagine, including Discord, Twitch, YouTube, and others.


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