Steam Deck officially launches on February 25th

Published: 26th Jan 2022, 18:35 GMT   Comments

Steam Deck arrives February 28th to first customers

Valve has finally confirmed the official launch date of its handheld gaming console. 

On February 25th, Valve will begin sending order emails to people waiting to purchase Steam Deck. Each order link will have 3 days expiration date, after which the queue will move to the next person. What this means is that first gamers should receive their units by February 28th.

At the same time Valve confirms it has been sending out press units. The embargo for reviews lifts on February 25th, so there will be enough time to decide whether Steam Deck is really worth the money.

In reality though, with thousands of people waiting in the queue, one could not believe that somebody would purchase the console, even if there are unexpected issues. The consoles will probably end up on auction sites sooner or later.

Hello, the day is almost here! On February 25th, we will be sending out the first batch of order emails to reservation holders. Customers will have 3 days (72 hours) from receipt of their order email to make their purchase, before their reservation is released to the next person in the queue. The first units will be on their way to customers starting the 28th, and we plan to release new order email batches on a weekly cadence.

In addition, we’re sending out press units for full review shortly. Press review embargo on Steam Deck coverage will lift on February 25th, but keep an eye out for some preview coverage and impressions before that. In the meantime we’re working to tie up the last few loose ends and polish some rough edges, and are excited to get these out to you at the end of next month!

Additional details for the curious:

  • We will start sending invites shortly after 10:00 am on February 25th, PST
  • Order emails are sent in the same order that reservations were made.
  • You can only order the Steam Deck model that you originally reserved.
  • Your reservation deposit will be applied to the final price of Steam Deck, and shipping costs are included.

— Valve

Steam Deck features AMD Van Gogh APU with Zen2 and RDNA2 microarchitectures. It officially launches at 399 USD, with the most feature-packed model at 649 USD.

Handheld Gaming Consoles
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ArchitectureAMD Zen3AMD Zen3AMD Zen2 & RDNA2Intel Tiger LakeIntel Tiger LakeARM Cortex
SoCRyzen 7 5825URyzen 7 5800UAMD Van GoghCore i7-1185G7
Core i7-1165G7
Core i7-1135G7
Core i7-1195G7NVIDIA Tegra X1
SoC CPU8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz8C/16T @ 4.4 GHz4C/8T @ 3.5 GHz4C/8T * 4.2*, 4.7**, 4.8*** GHz4C/8T4x A57 + 4x A53
SoC GPUAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHzAMD Radeon Vega 8 @ 2.0 GHzAMD RDNA2 8 CUs @ 1.6 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.35 GHzXe-LP (Iris) 96 EUs @ 1.4 GHzNVIDIA Maxwell 256 CUDA
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Storage1TB-2TB NVMe2TB NVMe64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen2x1)
256GB/512GB NVMe (PCIe Gen3x4)
512GB, 1TB, 2TB NVMe512GB, 1TB, 2TB NVMe64GB
Display7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS7″ 1280×800 IPS8.4″ 2560×1600 IPS7″ 1920×1200 IPS7″ 1280×720 OLED
ConnectivityWiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, USB 4.0 x2WiFi 5,
Battery47 Whr47 Whr40 Whr15,300 mAh10455 mAh4310 mAh
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DimensionsTBCTBC29.8 x 11.7 x 4.9 cm28.8 x 13.0 x 2.1 mm26.0 x 10.6 x 2.3 cm24.2 x 10.2 x 1.39 cm
OSWindows  11Windows  11Steam OS 3.0 (Arch)Windows  10Windows  11Custom
Release Price$1,315 (16G+1TB)
$1,565 (32G+1TB)
$1,465$399 (16G+64GB)
$529 (16G+256GB)
$649 (16G+512GB)
$1,059 (16G+512GB)
$1,158 (16G+1TB)
$1,599 (16G+2TB)
$1259 (16G+512GB)
$1399 (16G+1TB)
$1599 (16G+2TB)
Release DateFebruary 2022February 2022February 2022December 2021January 2022October 2021

Source: Steam

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