Valve has announced the final release date of Steam Deck, its portable gaming platform presented last summer.
Although it was initially scheduled to be available in December last year, back in November they warned that they needed a couple of months more to get everything ready. And so it has been, the thing has not gone further and its official launch has been set for February 25.
However, on that day only those who reserved it at the beginning of its announcement will start to receive it. Right now, if we reserve any of the three available variants, we will not receive it until after June, which is soon to say.
Recall that the Steam Deck features a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 400 nits of brightness and a 60Hz refresh rate, in a body that incorporates two full-size analog sticks with capacitive touch, a digital crosshead, two small 30mm trackpads with haptic feedback, four action buttons, analog triggers, front buttons and four assignable grip buttons on its back, plus the two “View” and “Menu” buttons.
Inside, it incorporates an AMD APU processor composed of a Zen 2 4c/8t CPU, 2.4-3.5 GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32), accompanied by a GPU 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1-1.6 GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32) and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
On the storage side, three different options: 64GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2×1), 256GB NVMe SSD (4 x PCIe Gen 3) and 512GB high-speed NVMe SSD (4 x PCIe Gen 3). In all cases expandable via high-speed microSD card.
The Steam Deck can only be pre-ordered on Steam.