Valve's handheld Steam Deck finally has a release date after being delayed late last year. The Steam Deck will be launching on February 25th with units finally shipping on the 28th.
The Steam Deck, which was put up for deposit late last year to those who wanted to secure a unit when they finally did launch, is set to go on sale on the 25th with emails making their way to deposit holders that day. Valve states that once an email is sent to a deposit holder, that person will have 72 hours to purchase their reserved unit or the reservation will move to the next person in the queue.
The fact that emails start to go out doesn't mean that if you have a deposit you'll see one right away, as Valve states that these order emails will go out in the order the reservations were made.
" 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."
Valve also lifted the veil a bit on the press reviews of the units, stating that the review embargo will also be the 25th, though interested buyers can expect to see previews and impressions in the coming weeks.
Valve's Steam Deck is billed by the company as an all-in-one portable gaming PC, giving players access to their entire Steam libraries on the go. SteamDB also has a list verified games that will run on the Steam Deck as part of the Steam Deck Verified program, with more games being added as time goes on. Also announced yesterday was Steam's Dynamic Cloud Sync, meaning that if you start playing a game on your PC and need to get moving, you can pick right back up where you left off on your Steam Deck with no problem.
The Steam Deck features three models, and while the processing power of each is the same, the storage capacity and speed varies based on the model, starting at $399 for eMMC storage and hitting $649 for a model with a 512GB NVMe SSD and Anti-glare etched glass screen. You can learn more about the Steam Deck on the official website.