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Steam Deck on track for the end of February

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Good news, following the previous delay and even with the pandemic and global shortages Valve has announced that the Steam Deck is still on track to ship by the end of February.

Writing in a fresh post, Valve said that testing for the Steam Deck Verified program is underway, which we already knew since Portal 2 got recently officially verified. It's also currently still the only one.

Testing for developers directly is important of course, which is why Valve continues to send out developers kits. Another wave has been approved, with "hundreds" being shipped out in the last month and Valve say more continue to be approved and thanked developers for their patience.

So it's all good news and hopefully soon actual consumers will have their hands on their first real devices.

Valve also included this shot showing a bunch of them in the KDE Plasma desktop mode:

If you missed it, we recently took a look at how the Steam Top 100 will play on Linux (and so the Steam Deck with SteamOS 3). Valve and developers still have plenty of work ahead to get the device into a sweet spot. It's not just compatibility with native Linux or Windows builds in Proton, it's also dealing with the screen size for text clarity and gamepad support, both of which we hope to see more developers fix up.

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Arehandoro 14 Jan
My order availability now says after Q2 2022. Therefore nothing for another 6 months approx.
Tuxee 14 Jan
Quoting: ArehandoroMy order availability now says after Q2 2022. Therefore nothing for another 6 months approx.

"Another 6 months" would translate to "Q3".
Eike 14 Jan
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Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: ArehandoroMy order availability now says after Q2 2022. Therefore nothing for another 6 months approx.

"Another 6 months" would translate to "Q3".

Well, "after Q2" and "Q3" is not too contradictory...
BielFPs 14 Jan
Quoting: ArehandoroMy order availability now says after Q2 2022.
All these delays might make steam deck miss the hype train. I think if the experience isn't already good on arrival, this could make Deck fail on start too.

Valve should also release a new game with deck in mind to show the device qualities, like other "consoles" usually do.
I'm still having silly arguments with people who believe that only when 100% of your Steam library works on Linux will Linux / Steam Deck be "ready" for the masses.
Tuxee 14 Jan
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: ArehandoroMy order availability now says after Q2 2022. Therefore nothing for another 6 months approx.

"Another 6 months" would translate to "Q3".

Well, "after Q2" and "Q3" is not too contradictory...

Indeed. I missed the "after".
chrisq 14 Jan
Now, if they'd only ship to Norway.
Here we were screwed with the other steam hardware, and seems to be the same again.
Strange, as we're known for buying new stuff and have high disposable income.
mindedie 14 Jan
Quoting: rustybroomhandleI'm still having silly arguments with people who believe that only when 100% of your Steam library works on Linux will Linux / Steam Deck be "ready" for the masses.

Ask them to run (on win) top 1000 games 100% or just run AAA game day one or on release week (lovely always online). Or maybe don't bother, most likely you'll get answer from zealot anyway.
Arehandoro 14 Jan
Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: ArehandoroMy order availability now says after Q2 2022.
All these delays might make steam deck miss the hype train. I think if the experience isn't already good on arrival, this could make Deck fail on start too.

Agreed, experience needs to be good on arrival. The delay for me isn't a big deal, might give me the chance to play Breath of the Wild 2 before.

Quoting: BielFPsValve should also release a new game with deck in mind to show the device qualities, like other "consoles" usually do.

This is a very good idea, but considering no one has mentioned it before, I'm afraid there isn't anything in development for the Deck's launch (I really want to be wrong here)
Mohandevir 14 Jan
Quoting: mindedieOr maybe don't bother, most likely you'll get answer from zealot anyway.

This. Some arguments are based on wish more than facts. They want the Steam Deck to fail and make theirs whatever arguments helps them cling to the statu quo. Like the Steam Deck was a threat to their ways. They don't seem to get that It's perceived as a most welcome addition (not replacement) to the PC gaming landscape. An addition that does what the Aya Neo (or OneXPlayer) can't offer: an accessible price bracket.


Last edited by Mohandevir on 14 January 2022 at 6:38 pm UTC
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