Valve reassures players by promising that the Steam Deck release date will not be postponed again.
The worst is behind us. This is basically what Valve wanted to say to its loyal players just before the release of the Steam Deck. Indeed, the hybrid and portable PC has seen 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 only a distant memory. It continues to rage across all areas of electronics and IT, and Valve is no exception.
However, it looks like the builder has managed to secure all the parts it needs for the Steam Deck, at least for the early deliveries. At the same time, the company made sure to send numerous development kits to those who requested them, so that as many titles as possible were 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 cheapest one. For € 419, you get access to the entire Steam library and 64 GB of eMMC storage as well as the carrying case. Then, for 549 €, you are entitled to 256 GB of NVMe SSD storage, as well as the exclusive profile bundle from the Steam community. 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 upgraded versions keeps 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 to enjoy your game in full screen. For the moment, the brand specifies that the machine’s controls 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 dossier on the Steam Deck and its technical specifications announced.