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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.

Source: Valve

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3 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 44660, member: 168″]
    I want to see the dock…..
    [/QUOTE]
    Did they say it was gonna have a dock? I seem to recall something about being able to hook it up to a TV, but you wouldn’t get any extra performance (as opposed to Switch) – but I don’t remember if that was via a dock or a USB->HDMI or something.

  2. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 44669, member: 96″]
    Did they say it was gonna have a dock? I seem to recall something about being able to hook it up to a TV, but you wouldn’t get any extra performance (as opposed to Switch) – but I don’t remember if that was via a dock or a USB->HDMI or something.
    [/QUOTE]
    From what I recall hearing/reading, the system can be hooked directly up to a display, but you can also use a dock that they will provide.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://store.steampowered.com/steamdeck/[/URL]
    “The official dock props up your Steam Deck while connecting to external displays, wired networking, USB peripherals, and power. You can also use a powered USB-C hub, if you’ve got one lying around. The official dock will be sold separately. More information coming soon.”

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.steamdeck.com/en/faq[/URL]
    “[B]Does docking the Deck improve performance?[/B]
    No, docking is more akin to plugging a USB-C hub into a PC. Steam Deck runs at full performance in portable mode.”

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