According to the announcement made by Valve Corporation, Steam Deck is scheduled to kick off on February 25, with shipping beginning from February 28.
The US-based company stated that it will begin to send the first batch of order emails to reservation holders of the portable handheld gaming PC on February 25.
The co-founder and Managing Director of Valve, Gabe Newell had teased the device in May earlier this year and stated that the device will be made available for buying in December, but it rather moved up for booking during that time.
The handheld gaming device will move against Nintendo Switch and will include the massive game library of Steam.
In a post on the Steam store, Valve confirmed that it will begin to send invites quite soon after 10 a.m. PST on February 25 (11:30 p.m. IST) in the exact order that bookings were done.
Those who ordered a device will have three days (72 hours) from the date of receipt of their order email to complete the purchase of the Stream Deck. In a scenario they miss to do it, the invite will be sent further to the next person on the waiting list.
The company also clarified that people can just place an order for the Steam Deck model that they initially booked, and their reservation amount will be set off in the final price of the Steam Deck model they ordered.
The shipping costs will be added to the total amount. The post reads “We plan to release new order email batches on a weekly cadence.” In addition to that, those who want to order the device now can surely do it by visiting the Steam Deck website.
The Steam Deck handheld gaming device was uncovered in July earlier this year, and it was expected to ship in December last year.
Although similar to other OEM and conglomerates, Valve was also suffering from the issue of global chip shortage and had to delay the shipment for two months.
Steam Deck Price, Availability
Steam Deck costs $399 for the 64GB eMMC internal storage feature, $529 for the 256GB NVMe SSD internal storage model, and $649 for the 512GB NVMe SSD model.
It will be made available for purchase in the United States, European Union, Canada, and the United Kingdom in black color.
Steam Deck Specifications, Features
Steam Deck operates on Arch Linux-based SteamOS 3.0 advanced for a handheld experience. It comes with a 7-inch LCD with 1,280×800 pixels resolution, a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 60Hz refresh rate, and 400 nits of peak brightness.
An AMD APU is installed in the Steam Deck that has a Zen 2 based CPU and a GPU with 8 RDNA 2 compute units (CUs).
There is a D-Pad, two analog sticks, A B X Y buttons, bumpers, triggers, two trackpads, and four assignable buttons on the back. For connectivity, the Steam Deck has dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5, a 3.5mm stereo headphone combo jack, and a USB Type-C port that can be utilized to output the display on a TV or monitor.
It comes with touch features and has an overall light sensor also. It is promised to provide between two to eight hours of gameplay on a single charge.