Steam Deck will launch on February 25, with shipping starting February 28, Valve Corporation announced. The US-based company said it will begin sending the first batch of order emails to reservation holders of the portable gaming PC on February 25. Valve co-founder and chief executive Gabe Newell teased the device in May last year, and said the device will be available for purchase in December, but it’s been up for reservations instead. at this moment. The handheld gaming device will go against Nintendo Switch and will have Steam’s vast library of games.
In a post on the Steam store, Valve announced that it would begin sending invites shortly after 10:00 a.m. PST on February 25 (11:30 p.m. IST) in the same order that reservations were made. Those who have reserved a device will have 3 days (72 hours) from receipt of their order email to complete the Steam Deck purchase. If they don’t, the invite will be passed on to the next person on the waitlist.
The company also clarifies that users can only order the Steam Deck model they originally reserved, and their reservation amount will be adjusted in the final price of the Steam Deck model they reserved. Shipping costs will be included in the total amount. “We plan to release new batches of order emails on a weekly cadence,” the post reads. Additionally, those who wish to reserve the device now can do so by visiting the Steam Deck website.
The Steam Deck portable gaming device was unveiled in July last year, and it was supposed to ship in December 2021. However, just like other OEMs and conglomerates, Valve has also been hit by the global shortage issue. chips and had to postpone shipping for two months.
Steam Deck Price, Availability
Steam Deck is priced at $399 (approx. Rs. 30,000) for the 64GB eMMC internal storage option, $529 (approx. Rs. 39,700) for the 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage model and $649 ( approximately Rs. 48,700) for the 512GB NVMe SSD model. It will be available for purchase in the United States, Canada, European Union, and United Kingdom in black color option.
Steam Deck Specifications and Features
Steam Deck runs on Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3.0, optimized for a portable experience. It has a 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, an aspect ratio of 16:10, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and 400 nits of peak brightness. The Steam Deck is equipped with an AMD APU that includes a Zen 2-based CPU and a GPU with 8 RDNA 2 Compute Units (CUs).
There’s a D-Pad, two analog sticks, ABXY buttons, bumpers, triggers, two trackpads, and four assignable buttons on the back. For connectivity, the Steam Deck features dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5, a 3.5mm stereo headphone combo jack, and a USB Type-C port that can be used to display music. display on a TV or monitor. It is tactile and also has an ambient light sensor. It’s supposed to deliver between two and eight hours of playtime on a single charge.