OneXplayer 2 Vs Steam Deck: Which is Better?

ONEXPLAYER 2 is the first Windows gaming handheld that offers detachable controllers just like the Nintendo Switch. Not only that but it is also equipped with one of the most powerful processors among handheld devices. It sure did receive tons of positive responses from handheld gamers and enthusiasts all over the world. But does it add more value than Valve’s Steam Deck?

We are going to go through an extensive comparison between the two. 

OneXplayer 2 Vs Steam Deck

Even though OneXplayer has more powerful hardware and Steam Deck can be is an all-in-all gaming device. Let’s look into more details of the features of these two to show a more blunt comparison.


Speaking of design, both of these handhelds are pretty identical when it comes to their shape. 

What makes the ONEXPLAYER 2 unique is its detachable controller with a standalone display. Which works just like the Nintendo Switch, except these controllers cannot function independently. But, it will allow you to connect the controller to the additional dock, which will eventually turn it into a gamepad. They have also added an additional kickstand support at the back to add more flexibility for the users. Also, this handheld is equipped with Hall-effect joysticks and triggers. Everything else, including the D-PAD and ABXY buttons, are positioned perfectly and are easily accessible. For additional connectivity, it includes a USB 3.0, a microSD card slot, and an audio combo jack. There is also a turbo button, which can enhance your in-game performance while playing heavy games. But what’s even more impressive is, it supports a magnetic keyboard which lets you use the device just like a mini laptop. On top of that, this handheld weighs about 848 grams. 

OneXplayer 2 Vs Steam Deck Design

Steam Deck, on the other hand, looks perfect as it is. Although it comes in a bulky shape, It weighs only 688 grams, which is surprisingly lightweight compared to the ONEXPLAYER 2. Both thumbsticks are beautifully designed with built-in capacitive touch sensors, and the positioning of triggers and each button, including the ABXY buttons, are just in the right place as they should be. Although, Steam Deck lacks the kickstand, but it does have four additional grip buttons at the back, which can be remapped into any key just as you wish. As for the connectivity, Steam Deck includes one Type-C port, a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack at the top, and a microSD card slot at the bottom. Additionally, Steam Deck also has a trackpad on both sides, which really helps out a lot in certain games for additional movement.  

Steam Deck Features
Steam Deck Features

As we can see, both these handhelds have their own perks when it comes to design but ONEXPLAYER 2 definitely is miles ahead when it comes to versatility. TV, Table Top, Console, laptop, or even a tablet, offers 5 different modes of user experience. 


Moving on to the specs, ONEXPLAYER 2 features a Ryzen 7 6800U processor with a Radeon 680M GPU and a maximum boosted frequency of up to 4.7 gigahertz, which is currently the most powerful chipset available for gaming handhelds. Apart from that, it’s also using the Radeon 680M GPU, up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a maximum of 2 terabytes of SSD support. As a top-tier Windows gaming handled, it seems to have enough power to run modern demanding games with decent FPS. On top of that, it can be connected to the external GPU as well, which will let you experience all your favorite games on a big screen. It is powered by a 65.5-watt hour battery, which according to them, can last up to 3 hours of gaming and 8-9 hours of video playback time.

FPS Count On OneXPlayer 2
FPS Count On OneXPlayer 2

In comparison, Steam Deck uses AMD Zen 2 processor with a boosted frequency of 3.5 gigahertz and an 8 Core RDNA 2 GPU with a maximum of 1.6 gigahertz of boosted frequency. Besides that, it also has up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage, to ensure you the fastest gameplay response time. And, with the built-in 5313 milliampere battery, it can last up to 2-8 hours, depending on the game. 

As we can see, ONEXPLAYER 2 completely obliterates the Steam Deck in terms of internal specification. But, it does have the RDNA 2 GPU support, which makes the Steam Deck capable of running Tripple-A games at a decent FPS range.

Steam Deck Supports AAA Games
Steam Deck Supports AAA Games


Now that we have seen the internal specs, let’s take a look at the displays of these amazing handhelds. Starting with the ONEXPLAYER 2, and it comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display featuring 2560 by 1600 resolution and 350 nits of brightness. 

Steam Deck, however, comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display, featuring 1280 by 800 resolution and 400 nits of brightness, which is pretty impressive compared to the ONEXPLAYER 2.  

If you are looking for a brighter display, Steam Deck definitely is the one to look forward to. However, if you are looking for a bigger screen to play games on, then ONEXPLAYER 2 should be your ideal choice. 

Wrapping Up

  • OneXplayer 2 Vs Steam Deck: which one is best?

The short answer is – “Ultimately, the choice depends on the purpose of the user. If you want just a standalone powerful gaming device, then Steam Deck will be the best option for you. However, if you want a device that will work for both application and gaming, then ONEXPLAYER 2 would be a better choice.”

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Arpan Nuel Thigidi

After graduating from the PR discipline, I began my career as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Afterward, I started pursuing my career in the writing field and currently, I am working for a media-tech company as a content writer focusing on all sorts of PC and gaming hardware. Apart from writing, I like to spend my leisure time playing video games, which eventually extended my interest in this field.