Valve has shared a sneak peek at what early Steam Deck owners can expect to see when their handheld PCs finally begin arriving in February 2022. The Steam Deck will be packaged in what appears to be a largely nondescript box without any artwork or promotional materials, a stark difference from how game consoles are traditionally sold. Customers will find the handheld in a black carrying case that includes the Steam Deck logo.
Valve also elaborated a bit on how close the Steam Deck might be to production:
We’ve recently completed our DV (Design Validation) manufacturing build of Steam Deck, and we’ll be using these units for additional testing and developer kits. DV is the final prototype build before production, and it includes improvements from the EV2 build. After this build, there will be additional minor changes in the final product.
Valve continues to take reservations for the Steam Deck despite its growing list of pre-orders. Current orders won’t ship until after Q2 2022, however.