Pre-orders for Valve’s handheld gaming PC, Steam Deck, open today, but it may be difficult to get hold of the new device due to the measures that Valve has in place to deter retailers.
If you did not catch yesterday’s revelation, Valve calls Steam Deck “the most powerful, functional gaming handheld in the world.” In addition to having access to your entire Steam library on the go, you can also stream video content, surf the web, and install and access other PC software.
If you were not impressed with the Nintendo Switch OLED unveiling, or just want more ways to run through your Steam aftermath, you can find out how and where to pre-order Valve Steam Deck below. It̵
Valve Steam Deck release date
All three versions of Valve Steam Deck will start delivery in December 2021 (no exact date yet) to customers in the UK, EU, US and Canada. The unit is expected to drop in other countries outside these areas in 2022.
Where to pre-order Valve Steam Deck
You can place a backup order for Steam Deck directly from the Steam website today (Friday, July 16) at 18.00 BST / 13.00 EST / 10:00 PDT. Reservations are limited to one per customer and incur a fee of $ 5 which will be taken from the remainder of your total purchase when you order the unit.
If you are the type of person who needs constant reminders to do things, you can also visit the site now to set up a handy reminder email. And if you missed the opportunity to pre-order your device, $ 5 will be added to your Steam balance.
How to Pre-Order Valve Steam Deck
It is important to note that this is not your typical, simple pre-order process. Note the wording of the reserve instead of pre-ordering. Booking Steam Deck is no guarantee that you can buy it.
No other retailers list Valve Steam Deck at the time of writing, but we will update this page with links and pricing information for other outlets if they start stocking the device.
The reservation system places you in a queuing system where Valve will contact you when Steam Deck stock is available for purchase. You will be contacted depending on when you booked, then if you reallywant one, get those reservations in quickly – if you can, it’s …
Valve Steam Deck pre-order requirements
While reservations are open for Steam Deck today, you can only place a reservation in the first 48-hour window if you purchased on Steam before June 2021.
If you do not already have a Steam account, you will have to wait until Sunday to get your reservations, which will push you further down the queue.
Demand for Steam Deck is expected to offset supply, and this measure is to prevent retailers from buying bulk copies of the handheld device to sell at inflated prices.
Your Steam account must also be in a valid region. At the time of writing, these are the UK, EU, US and Canada. If you live outside of these areas, Valve’s frequently asked questions about extended regional support information will come “soon”.
Valve Steam Deck price and models
There are three main models of Valve Steam Deck with prices from £ 349 / $ 399 up to £ 569 / $ 649, and the cheapest version with 64 GB eMMC storage. Performance is the same across all three models, with Valve CEO Gabe Newell revealing the pricing of the Vale Steam Deck has been difficult due to the specifications.
The version from it includes faster 256 GB SSD storage for £ 459 / $ 529 and a carrying case and Steam community profile bundle, while the most expensive model comes with 512 GB SSD storage, anti-reflective etched glass and an exclusive virtual keyboard theme. as a carrying case and social profile bundle.
Make sure you have spent some time thinking about which version of Steam Deck you want. Once you have booked and received the invitation to pre-order, you only have access to the model you chose.
Valve Steam Deck specifications
Steam Deck is powered by an AMD APU processor with a quad-core Zen 2 processor and an AMD RDNA 2 GPU with 8 Compute devices. There is 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and all versions of Steam Deck come with a high-speed microSD slot, and there are no other differences across the different models in terms of performance.
We expect the comparisons side by side with the Nintendo Switch to continue for a while. Steam Deck has a 7 “touch screen, and there is even an official dock (sold separately) for video output to monitors, TVs and other devices.
You can take a closer look at Valve Steam Deck’s specifications and layout by checking out our announcement coverage.
That’s all for now. We would love to hear your thoughts on Valve Steam Deck and who it will appeal to the most. Is the lack of news around Switch Pro enough to get Nintendo fans to pick it up? What about the people who lack a decent gaming PC / laptop, but who have been looking for a way into the Steam library? Let us know below.
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