Valve launched the Steam Deck 12 months ago, but just in February, the handheld gaming PC began shipping to pre-orders. After several months of Steam users pre-ordering the device, the company has finally announced that the pre-order queue is over. This means the Steam Deck will be available for purchase immediately.
The company said it had been struggling with supply chain issues and parts shortages, but after hard work from Valve, it was hit by an ever-increasing number of bookings. Of course, the manufacturer reserves the right to return to reservations if demand is too high because “production, processing and shipping bandwidth is still limited”.
The cheapest Steam Deck is €419 and only has 64GB of eMMC storage. €549 gets you a 256GB SSD and some Steam community goodies, while the 512GB model has “faster storage” and anti-reflective Ethic glass, a special case and a virtual keyboard layout. This package costs 679 euros.
Users who purchased the latter two variants should expect shipping between 1-2 weeks, with the more affordable variant due for order later this year.
Valve has also launched a docking station where the Steam Deck can be connected to two external displays, as well as for charging or connecting to other Valve devices. It costs $89/€99 and is still available today.