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Author Topic: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC  (Read 1688 times)

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Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« on: July 17, 2021, 12:48 AM »
steamdeck_photo_skus.pngValve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC

Valve have announced a new, portable PC with built-in gamepad which looks very much like the Nintendo Switch. It will come with a custom version of SteamOS installed, designed to run games using your Steam library. But it's a full PC, meaning it can also be docked to a TV or monitor and other peripherals (keyboard, mouse, other gamepads) using a USB hub or Bluetooth. And you could even install Windows or other Linux distributions on it.

All the internal hardware of the various models is the same except for the internal storage, which results in a 64 GB (eMMC) model for $400, a 256 GB (NVMe) model for $530, and a 512 GB (even faster NVMe than the 256) model for $650 which also has an anti-glare screen. That said, all three will include a MicroSD slot to allow for even more storage.

Here's a pretty good video overview of all the pertinent details.



Reserving requires a $5 deposit (which will be put toward the final price once you purchase) and will put you on the waiting list, which currently appears to be full until Q2-Q3 of 2022 depending on which model you want.

I decided to reserve one even though I'm still on the fence about it, because at this point I'll have about a year to cancel if I change my mind.

For more details and to reserve one for yourself, see:
https://www.steamdeck.com/
« Last Edit: November 11, 2021, 02:38 AM by Deozaan »

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2021, 02:07 PM »
Yeah, I reserved a 512G as soon as it hit.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2021, 05:47 PM »
Major props to Valve for their consumer-friendly attitude!

They just released a video greatly discouraging disassembling the Deck, while showing how to do it as safely as possible.


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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2021, 05:54 PM »
I like the non-subtle emphasis on the negative words.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2021, 05:22 AM »
That's awesome.  More of this from companies please.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2021, 09:53 AM »
PSA: You can now see when you are queued to have the Steam Deck available for purchase. Mine isn't until Q2 2022 :(

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2021, 03:30 AM »
Mine isn't until Q2 2022

Ditto.

But that could be as soon as April, which doesn't seem very far away to me.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2021, 05:22 AM »
Mine isn't until Q2 2022

Ditto.

But that could be as soon as April, which doesn't seem very far away to me.

I was thinking December and planning for it as my Christmas gift. And given the logistics nightmare we're in the middle of right now, I think April is optimistic if they have enough to scheudle it out until then. At least it will give an adequate time to see what kind of reviews it garners.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2021, 10:26 PM »
I was thinking December and planning for it as my Christmas gift. And given the logistics nightmare we're in the middle of right now, I think April is optimistic if they have enough to scheudle it out until then. At least it will give an adequate time to see what kind of reviews it garners.

When I made my pre-order, it told me it would be arriving approx. Q3. So I wasn't expecting mine until at least July. And right now if you look, for new pre-orders it says they won't be arriving until after Q2, which sounds a lot like Q3 to me.

Obviously, Q2 could mean anything between April and June inclusive. A lot of it depends on how they're handling it. I don't know if they're just making a single batch as large as possible per quarter or if they've got factories working to construct these things around the clock as fast as possible with daily or weekly or monthly fulfillment. If it's the former, then yeah, I suppose I would expect it to be toward the end of the quarter. But if it's the latter, who knows when it will be?

But really, I think it's just my brain playing tricks on me. Even though there's still two full months left of this year, I have the feeling that the year is pretty much over already. So January feels "like next week" to me right now. And similarly, feeling like January is so close also makes April feel pretty close. And though it may be unlikely to receive a unit that "soon" it just feels not far off for me.

Maybe I'm just getting to be really old, and it is starting to feel like I'm watching the years whiz by. 😬

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2021, 06:30 PM »
Well, so much for my optimism! I got an email saying Deck is delayed by 2 months, and they expect it will start shipping in February.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2021, 09:03 PM »
Well, so much for my optimism! I got an email saying Deck is delayed by 2 months, and they expect it will start shipping in February.

Yeah, got the same message. So they push the entire queue back, so we'll likely be Q3-Q4.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2021, 02:41 AM »
"Your expected order availability: After Q2 2022"

It looks like I'm back to where I started. I'm pretty sure that when I placed my pre-order, it told me "after Q2" or maybe it just said Q3. But then after things settled it told me the ETA was Q2. So I'm still not really disappointed.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2021, 08:07 AM »
"Your expected order availability: After Q2 2022"

It looks like I'm back to where I started. I'm pretty sure that when I placed my pre-order, it told me "after Q2" or maybe it just said Q3. But then after things settled it told me the ETA was Q2. So I'm still not really disappointed.

After Q2 could just mean that they haven't settled on scheduling that far out. That's how I took it. Originally mine told me that it was Q2 2022- not after.

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Re: Valve Announces Steam Deck: A Nintendo Switch-like PC
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2021, 12:22 AM »
Yeah. Either way, I'm not in a big rush for the Deck. And this delay gives me more time to set aside the money for it. Especially because after I placed my pre-order, I basically blew my Deck budget on an Oculus Quest 2 + accessories. :-[