The Steam Deck, Valve’s handheld gaming PC, is nearly here… well, at least for those who were able to preorder it fast enough. But not only does this device give access to the Steam Store and a user’s Steam library wherever they may be, it can also be run as a regular PC that supports the install of third-party storefronts like the Epic Games Store.
However, the entry fee for Valve’s new handheld isn’t cheap, as the base model will run potential buyers $399. To help ensure you have all the information you may need when deciding on whether you want Valve’s Steam Deck for yourself, we’ve tried to answer all of Steam Deck’s biggest questions below, including what games it can play, how long its battery life is, how you can pre-order one, how it compares to others consoles, and so much more.
Steam Deck Cost and Configurations
The Steam Deck pricing starts at $399, and there are three different models available for purchase. The base Steam Deck model is $399, features a 64GB eMMC internal drive, and comes with a carrying case.
The next-highest priced model costs $529 and trades in the eMMC drive for a 256GB NVMe SSD internal drive. In addition to the carrying case, this model boasts “faster storage” and an “exclusive Steam Community profile bundle.”
The most-expensive model will run buyers $649 and offers a 512GB NVMe SSD internal drive. By choosing the highest-end Steam Deck, buyers will enjoy the “fastest storage” and “premium anti-glare etched glass” for the screen, as well as an exclusive carrying case, Steam Community profile bundle, and virtual keyboard theme.
Will the Steam Deck Have Expandable Storage?
Yes! Steam Deck owners can choose to upgrade the storage on any model by using its microSD slot.
Can You Replace the Internal SSD in the Steam Deck?
Yes, but it won’t be an easy process. Valve hardware engineer Yazan Aldehayyat said the SSD is not soldered to the motherboard, so it is technically user-upgradeable. However, he also noted it should only be replaced by someone with experience, as it does require the user to take their unit apart and likely void the warranty along the way.
When Is the Steam Deck Release Date?
The Steam Deck will officially go on sale on February 25, 2022, and the first batch of handhelds will be shipped out on February 28, though reservations have been going on for months. Valve said customers who already have reservations will get invites to finish the pre-order process “shortly after 10 am PT” on February 25. Once the invite is sent, users will have 3 days/72 hours to make the purchase. If no order is made, the next person in the Steam Deck reservation queue will get their chance to place an order.
Furthermore, Valve will only let customers purchase the Steam Deck model they originally reserved, and the down payment made to secure one of the handhelds will be applied to the total price.