UPDATE 18:15 UTC: this is now official see the latest article.
Valve seemed to let slip a bit early that they plan to sell refurbished models of Steam Deck for cheaper prices but the store pages were quickly hidden.
The store pages that appeared noted the Steam Decks were "Certified Refurbished" but now the store pages just redirect to the Steam home page. It was just long enough for SteamDB scraping to capture them though, much I'm sure to Valve's annoyance each time SteamDB manages to help everyone get a little peek behind the curtain:
Here's the expected prices:
- Steam Deck 64 GB - Certified Refurbished: $319 / £279
- Steam Deck 256 GB - Certified Refurbished: $419 / £369
- Steam Deck 512 GB - Certified Refurbished: $519 / £459
It should go without saying though: until Valve put it up officially, this might not actually happen.
When I hear any more I will let you know but this could be a great way to snap up a true bargain for such a versatile gaming system. Seems like a great idea for Valve to do officially from their store too, as no doubt they have plenty of them ready for people.
Would you pick up a refurbished Steam Deck?