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Pre-Order: Steam Deck Portable Gaming PC: 512GB $649, 256GB $529, 64GB

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Steam has for Pre-Order: Steam Deck Portable Gaming PC with prices starting from $399. Shipping is free.

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Available:
  • 64GB eMMC $399
    • Expected order availability: Q2 2022
    • Includes: Carrying case
  • 256GB NVMe SSD $529
    • Expected order availability: Q2 2022
    • Includes: Carrying case + Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle
  • 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD $649
    • Expected order availability: Q3 2022
    • Includes: Premium anti-glare etched glass + Exclusive carrying case + Exclusive Steam Community profile bundle + Exclusive virtual keyboard theme
Pre-Order Info:
  • Steam plans to start sending order invitations by December 2021 (see current availability date under each storage option).
  • An immediate $5 reservation fee will apply (this fee counts towards your Steam Deck purchase price). Once your reserved Steam Deck is available and you complete your purchase, you will be charged for the full amount.
  • Limit 1 per customer.
  • For the first 48 hours of reservation availability (reservation availability began July 16th at 1pm ET), there is a purchase requirement that the reserver has made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021.
  • When you submit a reservation, you will be put in a queue. Once inventory is available, you will be emailed in the order the reservations were made.
  • You can cancel your reservation on this page. If you cancel within 30 days, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If you cancel after 30 days, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.
  • Scroll down on product page to view full FAQs.
Specs:
  • 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
  • Display:
    • 7" 1280x800 (16:10 aspect ratio) 60Hz 400 nits Touchscreen IPS
  • 16 GB LPDDR5 on-board RAM (5500 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)
  • Storage (varies by model purchased):
    • 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 use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement)
    • All models include high-speed microSD card slot
  • Gamepad controls
    • A B X Y buttons
    • D-pad
    • L & R analog triggers
    • L & R bumpers
    • View & Menu buttons
    • 4x assignable grip buttons
  • Thumbsticks: 2x full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch
  • HD Haptics
  • Trackpads:
    • 2x 32.5mm square trackpads with haptic feedback
    • 55% better latency compared to Steam Controller
    • Pressure-sensitivity for configurable click strength
  • Gyro: 6-Axis IMU
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, 2x2 MIMO, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Ports/expansion:
    • UHS-I supports SD, SDXC and SDHC
    • USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 Alt-mode support; up to 8K @60Hz or 4K @120Hz, USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 40Whr battery + 45W USB Type-C PD3.0 power supply
  • Weight: Approx. 669 grams

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Thought this was worth a heads up. (if not, no biggie if I get crucified lol)

Pretty sure this is gonna be just as hard to get as any of the other consoles. It's good to see that there will be a reservation system in place.

$5 deposit, and you will need to have made a Steam purchase prior to June 2021 to be able to reserve. Decent way to weed out some of the bots.

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Last Edited by BandageXDA July 21, 2021 at 05:26 AM
VALVE UPDATE:

The Steam Deck was first listed with dual-channel LPDDR5, however, that has now been corrected to quad-channel 32-bit LPDDR5.

Specs post should be updated to reflect the following:

16 GB LPDDR5 on-board RAM (5500 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)
Questions & Answers BETA
pookguy88 asked this question on 07-16-2021 at 10:17 AM
07-16-2021 at 10:17 AM
No, you get to only pick one out of the 3 models.
07-16-2021 at 01:40 PM
Yes, if you have multiple steam accounts that meet the criteria for early reserving.
07-16-2021 at 02:56 PM
No, 1 pre-order per account. Must select between the 3. Accounts must have had a purchase before June 2021 otherwise unable to pre-order until Sunday. This allows real consumers to have an opportunity to pre-order before the bots.
Aogen asked this question on 07-19-2021 at 10:25 AM
07-19-2021 at 10:25 AM
Sadly no. The micro SD slot and USB-C port are the only means of adding additional storage.
07-19-2021 at 10:25 AM
No upgrade for the SSD. But you can put in a micro SD card
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07-19-2021 at 10:29 AM
Gabe Newell has confirmed that the M.2 is able to be swapped. That said, the size of the m.2 chip used for the steam deck is a 2230 m.2 which is not obtainable in the storage capacities most users desire.
Mr_Sadness asked this question on 07-17-2021 at 10:28 AM
07-17-2021 at 11:05 AM
The size of the NVMe drive generally speaking doesn't affect the speed. Both are NVMe drives and will be quicker than the base eMMC model.
07-17-2021 at 09:25 PM
Valve does indicate that the 512 IS faster than the 256.
ZeldaBoy asked this question on 07-19-2021 at 10:24 AM
07-19-2021 at 10:24 AM
The 64gb is almost certainly using the nvme slot. Also, 2230 m.2 only really goes up to 1tb. They are tiny.
zdawg2000 asked this question on 07-19-2021 at 10:23 AM
07-20-2021 at 02:06 PM
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Steam Deck Reservation FAQ
Why is there a reservation fee?
The main reason for reservations is to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process for customers when Steam Deck inventory becomes available. The additional fee gives us a clearer signal of intent to purchase, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution leading up to launch.

Why is my account not able to place a reservation until Sunday?
We are aware of potential unauthorized resellers, and as an additional safeguard to ensure a fair ordering process, we've added a requirement that the reserver has made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021 for the first 48 hours of reservation availability.

How does the reservation system work?
When you submit a reservation, you will be put in a queue. Once inventory is available, you will be emailed in the order the reservations were made.

When will I be able to order?
We are aiming to start sending order invitations by December 2021. We will make every effort to convert all reservations to orders but we are not able to guarantee availability.

Can I cancel my reservation?
Yes, you can cancel your reservation on this page. If you cancel within 30 days, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If you cancel after 30 days, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.

What regions can I reserve Steam Deck from?
Customers in the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom can reserve a Steam Deck. Information about expanded regional availability coming soon.

How many Steam Decks can I reserve?
One Steam Deck can be reserved and ordered per customer.

What happens to my reservation fee if I do not order my Steam Deck in time?
Your reservation fee will be refunded in full. If your refund occurs within 30 days of your initial reservation, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If your refund occurs after 30 days of your initial reservation, you will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.

Are there any restrictions on users that can reserve the Steam Deck?
Your Steam account must be in a valid country. Additionally for the first 48 hours of reservation availability your account must be in good standing, and have made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021.

Do I need a Steam account to use Steam Deck?
The default Steam Deck experience requires a Steam account (it's free!). Games are purchased and downloaded using the Steam Store. That said, Steam Deck is a PC so you can install third party software and operating systems.

What if I'm not able to reserve right now and would like to purchase a Steam Deck in the future?
You may add Steam Deck to your wishlist and we will notify you when it is available for general purchase.

Is the reservation queue regional?
Yes, the reservation queue and expected order availability times are specific to each region.

Can I change which Steam Deck I purchase once I'm able to order?
Once you're able to order, you can only purchase the Steam Deck model that you reserved.

When will I be charged in full for Steam Deck?
Once your reserved Steam Deck is available and you complete your purchase, you will be charged.

Does the reservation fee count towards my Steam Deck purchase price?
Yes.
Forgot to mention...

400 nits of peak brightness

cuz someone will inevitably bring it up
Valve stopped selling the Steam Controller because they should have never sold it in the first place; they got sued for patent infringement and lost.

The "Steam Machines" were just regular mini-PCs with the SteamOS - Valve didn't make any of that hardware.

Valve didn't abandon SteamLink, they ported it as software to other devices that are more powerful. You can use the software version of SteamLink on Apple tvOS, or Android devices that are much faster than the original hardware.

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Steam Deck Reservation FAQ
Why is there a reservation fee?
The main reason for reservations is to ensure an orderly and fair ordering process for customers when Steam Deck inventory becomes available. The additional fee gives us a clearer signal of intent to purchase, which gives us better data to balance supply chain, inventory, and regional distribution leading up to launch.

Why is my account not able to place a reservation until Sunday?
We are aware of potential unauthorized resellers, and as an additional safeguard to ensure a fair ordering process, we've added a requirement that the reserver has made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021 for the first 48 hours of reservation availability.

How does the reservation system work?
When you submit a reservation, you will be put in a queue. Once inventory is available, you will be emailed in the order the reservations were made.

When will I be able to order?
We are aiming to start sending order invitations by December 2021. We will make every effort to convert all reservations to orders but we are not able to guarantee availability.

Can I cancel my reservation?
Yes, you can cancel your reservation on this page. If you cancel within 30 days, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If you cancel after 30 days, your reservation fee will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.

What regions can I reserve Steam Deck from?
Customers in the United States, Canada, European Union, and the United Kingdom can reserve a Steam Deck. Information about expanded regional availability coming soon.

How many Steam Decks can I reserve?
One Steam Deck can be reserved and ordered per customer.

What happens to my reservation fee if I do not order my Steam Deck in time?
Your reservation fee will be refunded in full. If your refund occurs within 30 days of your initial reservation, you will be refunded to whatever payment method you used. If your refund occurs after 30 days of your initial reservation, you will be refunded to your Steam Wallet.

Are there any restrictions on users that can reserve the Steam Deck?
Your Steam account must be in a valid country. Additionally for the first 48 hours of reservation availability your account must be in good standing, and have made a purchase on Steam prior to June 2021.

Do I need a Steam account to use Steam Deck?
The default Steam Deck experience requires a Steam account (it's free!). Games are purchased and downloaded using the Steam Store. That said, Steam Deck is a PC so you can install third party software and operating systems.

What if I'm not able to reserve right now and would like to purchase a Steam Deck in the future?
You may add Steam Deck to your wishlist and we will notify you when it is available for general purchase.

Is the reservation queue regional?
Yes, the reservation queue and expected order availability times are specific to each region.

Can I change which Steam Deck I purchase once I'm able to order?
Once you're able to order, you can only purchase the Steam Deck model that you reserved.

When will I be charged in full for Steam Deck?
Once your reserved Steam Deck is available and you complete your purchase, you will be charged.

Does the reservation fee count towards my Steam Deck purchase price?
Yes.
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Thanks for the heads-up. Didn't know Valve was making one. Though I'm conflicted on wheather to get this or the possible Qualcomm console. Decisions, decisions.
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I'm excited for this but considering valve abandoned the steam machine, steam controller, and steam link I'm hesitant
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I'm excited for this but considering valve abandoned the steam machine, steam controller, and steam link I'm hesitant
Yeah, Valve has a terrible track record with hardware.
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Yeah, Valve has a terrible track record with hardware.
Ugh, yeah!
Still gonna throw my money at it though. I do wish they went with a rail system with removable controllers like the Switch however. This thing won't be a Switch killer, but they've got me curious.
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Very intrigued by this console. I mean as stated in the question videos on Youtube, you can use this thing like any other PC. So you could login with your Xbox Gamepass and play Xbox games on the go with this. You can download emulators on this, you can play steam games on this, you can play DOTA/LoL on this (wouldn't recommend, but you could).

The potential here is pretty immense.
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Forgot to mention...

400 nits of peak brightness

cuz someone will inevitably bring it up
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I don't expect a lot of games to work well out of the box (not performance but compatibility wise), like a dedicated console built for it would be, but I am curious. I say this having a high-end PC that I don't mind spending some time tweaking here and there, but I expect my handheld to "just work" when I pick it up to play on.
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Forgot to mention...

400 nits of peak brightness

cuz someone will inevitably bring it up
That sounds like nit picking!
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When the trailer first dropped for this I said no no no no no like Michael from the office but getting more information yes this looks like an exciting product.

Maybe not at launch but thinking that we can get a product like this 6 months to one year later for about $100 off makes it enticing for a person like me that doesn't need bleeding edge hardware on day one.


Having said that, im not a big fan of the form factor. It just looks way too chunky. Way too clunky. Reminds me of the Sega Game Gear. And not in a good way. I'm not a child anymore. I wish they would have stuck with the Nintendo style and it's detachable controllers and give me a PC on a flat piece of OLED to play with.

I'll be watching for improvements and updates

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Thoughts like that are what people thought for RTX 3000-series cards. Pricing will go up after the initial preorders are sold out. Half will be scalped immediately the rest will cause shortages causing several month order delays (like the Index) causing prices to go up so people won't have to wait.

That said, you will get your $100 off but I'd say it's more ~18 months out.
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Can you use steam wallet funds to pay for the Steam Deck?
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