Valve reassures players by promising that the Steam Deck release date will not be postponed again.
The worst is behind us. This is generally what Valve wanted to say to its loyal players just before the release of the Steam Deck. Indeed, the hybrid and portable PC has experienced many twists and turns during its development phase, but now everything should be fine. In a final message, Valve confirmed that the first deliveries of the machine would take place in February, as planned.
A relief for all those who have already been able to pre-order the device, and who already saw themselves enjoying their Steam library on a PC in Nintendo Switch format, a great first in this industry. This does not mean, however, that the shortage is a distant memory. This continues to rage across all sectors of electronics and computing, and Valve is no exception.
However, it seems that the builder has managed to secure all the parts it needs for the Steam Deck, at least for the first shipments. At the same time, the company made sure to send many development kits to those who requested them, so that a maximum of titles are optimized for the machine. Before its release, we take stock of the different versions that you can pre-order.
3 models for 3 uses
The first version is the least expensive. For $419 you get access to the entire Steam library and 64GB of eMMC storage plus the carrying case. Then, for €549, you are entitled to 256 GB of NVMe SSD storage, as well as the exclusive Steam community profile bundle. Finally, the latest model costs €679 and gives you access to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage, premium anti-reflective glass, an exclusive carrying case and an exclusive virtual keyboard theme too.
Each of the improved versions retains the accessories of the previous models. In addition, a base will also be provided with all versions, which will allow you, as on the Nintendo Switch, to connect the Steam Deck to an external screen and therefore enjoy your game in full screen. For the moment, the brand specifies that orders for the machine will only be available after the 2nd quarter of 2022. You will therefore have to wait if you want to get your hands on it.
In the meantime, we invite you to take a look at our file on the Steam Deck and on its announced technical specificities.