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At some point, Valve quietly tweaked the specifications for the upcoming official Steam Deck Dock and it's actually better than what they said originally. We still don't even know exactly when it will be out, and they likely want to improve the overall docked experience first as there's quite a few quirks (especially in desktop mode).

Originally, the Steam Deck Dock listed it had 1 x USB-A 3.1 Port and 2 x USB-A 2.0 Ports along with Ethernet. Now though, it states it has 3 x USB-A 3.1 Ports and Gigabit Ethernet.

Seems this was updated in February, when checking the Wayback Machine it shows the text specifications with the original on February 12 but then the text was updated sometime around February 22 to note the newer ports. Later around February 25 the actual image of the Dock was updated to also note it has Gigabit Ethernet too.

Seems Valve are also now calling it a "Docking Station", which was noted around February 22 too.

At least for now, this USB-C Hub has been working well enough for me, as noted in my original review.

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scaine 22 Apr
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QuoteSeems Valve are also now calling it a "Docking Station", which was noted around February 22 too.

I simply cannot believe they're not calling it the "Decking Station".


Last edited by scaine on 22 April 2022 at 7:27 am UTC
fagnerln 22 Apr
Would be nice if the dock had a more powerful GPU (eGPU?) that the deck switches to it when it's docked.
hardpenguin 22 Apr
Quoting: scaineI simply cannot believe they're not calling it the "Decking Station".
Or Steam Dock!
Liam Dawe 22 Apr
Steam Decking Docking Station Hub
Julius 22 Apr
I still think it would be cool to make a smart dock with basically a build in updated Steam Link.
RavenWings 22 Apr
Guys, there is only one true option: The Deck Dock!
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Are there any recommended alternatives of dock stations currently in the market? I can see lots of them with provided power supply, but which ones of them are the most reliable? (honest question)
M@GOid 22 Apr
Quoting: fagnerlnWould be nice if the dock had a more powerful GPU (eGPU?) that the deck switches to it when it's docked.

Gaming performance would be bottlenecked by the quadcore CPU. Youtube Channel ETA Prime kept their promise of testing a external GPU via the m.2 slot. While there were gains in most games, it is clear that the CPU cannot keep up with something much more powerful than the iGPU.

This actually demonstrates that the components of the Steam Deck APU were carefully chosen, to make the best use of its 15W power limit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WEGY6aY8lM
Guppy 22 Apr
The store page just redirects to the steam deck page, so I can't really tell - is this "just" a USB-C dock or does it come with something else? (eg. locked to decks, or other valve specific lock ins )

Having spendt entirely too much time and money finding a USB-C dock that works properly with linux it could be very interesting if it will work with any USB-C device, especially if the two outputs aren't linked


Last edited by Guppy on 22 April 2022 at 11:32 am UTC
japzone 22 Apr
Quoting: fagnerlnWould be nice if the dock had a more powerful GPU (eGPU?) that the deck switches to it when it's docked.

Not possible since the Steam Deck only has USB 3.2 Gen 2 which, not only doesn't have enough bandwidth for an eGPU, it doesn't have the needed PCIe access. You'd need USB4/Thunderbolt 3+ if you want an eGPU over USB-C.

Currently the only viable eGPU method on the Steam Deck involves using an adapter to plug a GPU into the M.2 SSD slot inside the device.
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