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Steam Deck: Valve announces good surprises for the docking station

The Steam Deck docking station is not yet available and its launch is not expected before late spring 2022 according to Valve. Nevertheless, the manufacturer seems to have listened to user requests, by modifying the connection of the accessory.

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As you may know, the Steam Deck, Valve’s hybrid console, has been officially available in France since February 25, 2022. However, and due to the difficulties caused by the shortage of semiconductors, the Steam Deck is a product rare just like the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

It’s simple, if you are looking to order the console today, you will have to wait at least six months to get your hands on the machine. Despite these significant delays, Valve has confirmed that it intends to accelerate the production rate to deliver users as soon as possible. Of course, those who have reserved the machine from the first moments have already received it and are probably waiting impatiently the arrival of the Steam Deck docking station.

Indeed, Valve had specified that this accessory would not be available at launch. As on the Switch, this dock will notably allow the image of the Steam Deck to be broadcast on a PC screen or a TV. In addition, the user will also be able to connect various USB peripherals to the console. If Valve has still not communicated an exact release date (currently estimated at the end of spring 2022), the manufacturer has just announced good news.

steam deck dock connectors
Credits: Steam

Valve expands the Steam Deck dock connectors

Indeed, Valve obviously listened to the criticisms of the first users and expanded the Steam Deck dock connectors. First, the docking station will no longer accommodate one USB 3.1 port and two USB 2.0 ports, but rather three USB 3.1 ports. A welcome change, at a time when USB 2.0 is beginning to fall into disuse. Regarding the rest of the connections, we find:

  • One USB-Type C port
  • A DisplayPort 1.4
  • An HDMI 2.0
  • One power port
  • A Gigabit Ethernet port (which will allow to reach 1 Gb/s of speed)

Too bad, however, that can’t find HDMI 2.1, which would have allowed users to enjoy a better frame rate on compatible displays. For the moment, it is not yet possible to pre-order the Steam Deck docking stationand its price and release date remain unknown.

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