Apart from mass hype, what can we actually expect when the Steam Deck releases tomorrow? Here's what's going on.
Starting at 10 AM PST / 6PM UTC, Valve will begin sending out emails to people in the first batch of reservations. So keep an eye on your emails and Steam app notifications. Once you get it, you have 72 hours to make the full purchase otherwise it goes to the next person in the queue.
When this happens, the embargo on all coverage also ends. Valve said they sent out a Steam Deck to "roughly 100 media outlets" (including yours truly). So expect loads of very different takes on it.
As for the Dock, Valve aren't yet giving out more details but they did say it won't be as early as they hoped. It will be available sometime "in late spring".
How is compatibility looking the day before release? Pretty darn good actually! You can check how your library currently stacks up on the new official page. 783 titles are at least Playable right now split across:
- 409 - Verified
- 374 - Playable
We don't know yet what kind of splash Valve will make, I imagine some sort of sale will happen on Verified games - at least that's what I would expect at the very least. It's also possible we might see some new game announcements too, but what? Well, there's been a few hints to that.
AMD recently put up a video on Twitter to show it off, with Jack Huynh very clearly showing off a Destiny 2 t-shirt, which is either a hint of something to come or Huynh is just a big fan. It does make you think though, their marketing would need to have signed off on it, why wear a branded t-shirt of a game you can't even play on it hmm?
On top of that we've also seen that Apex Legends has a Steam Deck testing depot (SteamDB), so they're clearly doing something. That's bad news for me, since I told our Discord community if it worked with Proton on Linux / Steam Deck that I would livestream it everyday for a month and I fear I will be held to that…
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is another that's clearly testing for the Steam Deck (SteamDB) and there's probably others we've not seen yet.