Steam Deck pre-order availability has slipped to later in 2022

Steam Deck
Steam Deck

Pre-orders for Valve’s Steam Deck console went live on Friday and wouldn’t you know it, it all went it a bit tits up. Prospective buyers had issues with the website and many were denied a console as you must have had an active Steam account before June this year to purchase the device, a move implemented to stop scalpers.

Reservations for the console are still open, but with high demand, Valve has now shifted the expected delivery window for new pre-orders that are placed. All three models are now labelled with an expected order availability of Q2 2022, which means an order should arrive by the end of June 2022. However, this window has shifted over the last few days, where at one point the 64GB eMMC model was expected in Q1 2022, while the 256GB NVMe SSD and 512GB NVMe SSD models are now expected in Q2 and Q3 of 2022 respectively. The earliest pre-orders should still begin shipping in December 2021.

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Despite Valve keeping registrations open and putting a number of measures in place, this hasn’t stopped hundreds of listings showing up on eBay with massive inflated prices, the 512GB model is currently being listed for almost £900, if you bought it directly from Valve it would cost £569.

The device has a 7″ touchscreen for typing and swiping through the Steam UI, a pair of trackads, analogue triggers, grip buttons, two “best in class” thumbsticks and a gyro for motion controls. For storage you can choose between 64GB eMMC, 256GB NVMe SSD, or 512GB NVMe SSD, and expand that with a microSD card.

The 40 watt-hour battery should provide “several hours” of playtime, but less intensive games of web browsing should increase the battery life to up to eight hours. There is a built a quick suspend / resume feature and a multi-purpose USB-C jack for charging or peripherals including an official docking station. The dock has not been revealed but will allow you to hook up the console to your TV or monitor and use it as a standard PC.

One can’t but think they have an issue selling the device in New Zealand where the local accent does something rather amusing to the word ‘deck’.

ICYMI, here are the full tech specs:

Speeds and Feeds

Compute

Processor
AMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM
16 GB LPDDR5 RAM (5500 MT/s)
Storage
64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Controls and Input

Gamepad controls
A B X Y buttons
D-pad
L & R analog triggers
L & R bumpers
View & Menu buttons
4 x assignable grip buttons
Thumbsticks
2 x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
Haptics
HD haptics
Trackpads
2 x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
Gyro
6-Axis IMU

Display

Resolution
1280 x 800px (16:10 aspect ratio)
Type
Optically bonded LCD for enhanced readability
Display size
7″ diagonal
Brightness
400 nits typical
Refresh rate
60Hz
Touch enabled
Yes
Sensors
Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 (support for controllers, accessories and audio)
Wi-Fi
Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Audio

Channels
Stereo with embedded DSP for an immersive listening experience
Microphones
Dual microphone array
Headphone / mic jack
3.5mm stereo headphone / headset jack
Digital
Multichannel audio via DisplayPort over USB-C, standard USB-C, or Bluetooth 5.0

Power

Input
45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
Battery
40Whr battery. 2 – 8 hours of gameplay

Expansion

microSD
UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
External connectivity for
controllers & displays
USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Size and Weight

Size
298mm x 117mm x 49mm
Weight
Approx. 669 grams

Software

Operating System
SteamOS 3.0 (Arch-based)
Desktop
KDE Plasma

Official Dock

Sold seperately. Specifications subject to change.

Expansion

Peripherals
1 x USB-A 3.1 Port
2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports
Networking
Ethernet
External displays
DisplayPort 1.4
HDMI 2.0

Power

Input
USB-C Power Delivery passthrough input
Deck connection
6″ USB-C captive cable with low profile 90° connector

Size and Weight

Size
117mm x 29mm x 50.5mm
Weight
Approx. 120 grams
Source: GI.Biz 

 

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News Editor, very inappropriate, probs fancies your dad.

1 Comment

  1. That thing where you get halfway down an article and then realise who wrote it just happened. Nobody else would slip that deck video in there, would they?

    Disappointed you avoided making any comments about the size of this Steam Deck. A 7 inch deck isn’t that impressive. I’m waiting for the inevitable bigger model. (Although there’s a good chance they’ll quietly give up on the whole idea in a year or so anyway)

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