Most PC avid gamers who ordered a Steam Deck will not really be getting one till mid- and even late-2022, however Valve’s making it a bit simpler to think about cradling one in your palms. In a short post immediately, Valve confirmed off a “sneak peek of the ultimate packaging” that can ship out with Steam Decks starting subsequent February.
On the skin it is about as nondescript as cardboard packaging will get, although you’ll be able to spot a Portal Companion Dice among the many iconography in the event you zoom in. The within packaging, in the meantime, tells you all of the locations you’ll play video games with the Steam Deck in quite a lot of languages. “On the bathroom” is, conspicuously, one of many first choices.
Beneath a setup directions card is the Steam Deck itself nestled in a carrying case, although Valve’s caption notes that it is the case for the 64GB and 256GB fashions. The costliest 512GB Steam Deck mannequin, which comes with an anti-glare etched glass display screen, additionally will get a particular case not pictured right here.
The pictured Steam Deck seems to be the identical because the one I used at Valve’s offices again in August, however it’s really a more moderen iteration with some small tweaks. “We have lately accomplished our DV (Design Validation) manufacturing construct of Steam Deck, and we’ll be utilizing these models for added testing and developer kits,” the put up says. “DV is the ultimate prototype construct earlier than manufacturing, and it contains enhancements from the EV2 construct. After this construct, there will probably be extra minor adjustments within the ultimate product.”
In an FAQ earlier this week Valve made the purpose that there will be no Steam Deck exclusive games, whereas additionally noting a few of the enhancements it is made since these EV2 models. “Points just like the sticky B button some builders have reported have been addressed and will not be a difficulty for purchasers,” the FAQ says.
Right this moment’s put up says that Steam Deck dev kits will start going out to builders “very quickly.”