Steam Deck officially announced by Valve

maro

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Where are you guys seeing ETA on your orders?
Click the steam deck store page. If logged in it'll show your reservation and expected ship date. If there's no date shown the rumor is you're in that first batch December 2021. I reserved a 256GB one around 3 o'clock Friday and I'm in the Q1 2022 group.
 

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This is the problem with Chinese design products using ARM in that you can't just erase the device and install a clean OS. I have an Android stereo in my Lexus IS250 and during the pandemic it says wifi connected but no internet. Turns out Android allows some devices to phone home to determine if the internet is connected and nobody in China is picking up. I could fix this if I have root but I don't know any rooting methods that work. As opposed to x86 where if someone if fucking around I can just erase it and install whatever I want. This is why I want the Steam Deck because if it turns out that Gabe Newell has access to the device and uses it to spy on you taking a shower then I can erase it and install whatever I want. Valve must have some big balls to create a device and sell it for $400 and allows you to put whatever OS you want, including applications like Origin, Epic, GoG, and etc. This would never fly with Sony and Microsoft.

1. i didn't think it had a camera

2. when you say install any OS you want you mean any Distro you want. Although windows 10 will be (technically) supported until around 2025 the minimum requirement for windows 11 is a 9" screen. This may of course change, but if it doesn't then your probably best just sticking with Arch Linux and learning how to use the alternative software available on Linux of which for a gaming device is plenty enough.
 

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I put in for the 64GB on Saturday, planning to pop in an NVME. Then I looked for 2230 NVME cards, and saw a bunch of 128GB for cheap, and a 512GB for $200. I cancelled the 64GB and went for the 512GB - I'll pay the extra $50 to not have to crack the Deck open, reassemble it, and reinstall the OS. Even with changing the order today, it's showing Q2 2022.
 
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Finally a replacement for my Shield Portable. :)

Since I travel a lot this will be a perfect replacement for carrying 2 heavy laptops (gaming & work). Hopefully swapping the OS is as straight forward as Valve has said so I can install other game services and other voice apps. Really need a portable offline way to play PC games.

I also like Valve will allow it to work with any powered dock. Hopefully between now and launch Valve doesn't crater it. A little worried about the deck evolving into steam machine 2.0 but who knows.
 

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No ETA date on mine.

What model? 'Cause I got in at the nine-minute mark on a 512 and I'm Q1. Definitely could be worse, and this is something worth being excited for just the same.

I cancelled the 64GB and went for the 512GB - I'll pay the extra $50 to not have to crack the Deck open, reassemble it, and reinstall the OS. Even with changing the order today, it's showing Q2 2022.

Don't forget: tougher screen, too. Three to five months extra wait isn't so bad. But my whole system my be skewed; I pre-ordered a Pandora in 2010 and I waited three years for that bad boy. Oh, and the pre-order was close to $300 if I remember right. Yep, pre-order, plus Pandora Super mod, plus battery, extras, and SD cards was over $900.

Not even adjusting for inflation, this is a smoking deal.
 

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I like to travel light, usually just bring my laptop (even though I have a Switch Lite, RG emulator handhelds, had a GPD Win 2 at one point).

With the Steam Deck I would just bring that and use it as a PC as well. Haven't been this excited for a product in a long time.
 

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I like to travel light

Hell yes. When I do press events like SHOT Show, or back in the day, CES and the like, I'm busting ass on those floors. And you can't bring one laptop, that's an invitation to disaster. You need two laptops, two cameras (cell phones work now, but back in the day...) two sets of shoes, extra socks, and so even travelling light adds up.

Especially for events in Vegas, where your chances of getting greased with coconut oil from a well-travelled buttcrack jump about 10,000 percent. Extra tech, extra clothes, extra cash, extra painkillers.

I've been waiting for an Asus PN51, and I'll probably still get one, but this'll do, no question.
 

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I thought I had ordered at a decent time on the 16th but guess not soon enough, q2 2022 for a 512gb.
 

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What model? 'Cause I got in at the nine-minute mark on a 512 and I'm Q1. Definitely could be worse, and this is something worth being excited for just the same.



Don't forget: tougher screen, too. Three to five months extra wait isn't so bad. But my whole system my be skewed; I pre-ordered a Pandora in 2010 and I waited three years for that bad boy. Oh, and the pre-order was close to $300 if I remember right. Yep, pre-order, plus Pandora Super mod, plus battery, extras, and SD cards was over $900.

Not even adjusting for inflation, this is a smoking deal.
64GB model
 

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I reserved the top model the first day. Q2 2022. Hopefully, it does not actually take that long. Oh well, either way.

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IMO if you're not in that first batch take that expected delivery with a grain of salt.

I know they've been working on this awhile but I think even first batch Xmas 2021 might be a stretch.
 

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Without games developed specifically for it---this is dead on arrival. The specs basically mean its an indy games machine, only. Its very expensive. Doesn't come with a dock. Its huge. There is no good reason to get this.
Except Valve has announced that it will run the latest blockbuster games fluently.
 

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Thought I was hot shit with my time, them FrgMstr enters the room…
 

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Without games developed specifically for it---this is dead on arrival. The specs basically mean its an indy games machine, only. Its very expensive. Doesn't come with a dock. Its huge. There is no good reason to get this.
I would worry that it becomes another Steam Machine, or Steam Link, or Steam Controller.
 

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I don't see the appeal of this unless you are on the go a lot and/or travel a lot. Is that the reason you all have bought one of these? For the price I am thinking that just getting a entry-level gaming laptop would have made more sense considering the uses because other than gaming there isn't anything else you can do with the Deck unless you buy the dock for this and somehow are able to install Windows on it, but then at that point you should have bought a laptop then probably.

I just don't know how to feel about this device honestly. I have a Switch myself, but that's entirely because of the first-party games and the "dock" that allows me to play it on a TV was already in the box. Idk... while I think it's interesting I have a prediction that unless you're traveling a lot and you don't have a gaming laptop then you will likely not be playing this a lot after a while if it comes down to choosing between this and your gaming PC at home.
 

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I don't see the appeal of this unless you are on the go a lot and/or travel a lot. Is that the reason you all have bought one of these? For the price I am thinking that just getting a entry-level gaming laptop would have made more sense considering the uses because other than gaming there isn't anything else you can do with the Deck unless you buy the dock for this and somehow are able to install Windows on it, but then at that point you should have bought a laptop then probably.

I just don't know how to feel about this device honestly. I have a Switch myself, but that's entirely because of the first-party games and the "dock" that allows me to play it on a TV was already in the box. Idk... while I think it's interesting I have a prediction that unless you're traveling a lot and you don't have a gaming laptop then you will likely not be playing this a lot after a while if it comes down to choosing between this and your gaming PC at home.
I only have a gaming PC and a M1 Air. I want my steam library in a handheld form so I can play anywhere in my house instead of my desk.

For reference I already setup Parsec to stream my gaming PC to my M1 Air and it works very well but this isn't what I want because the laptop always has to sit on something close to your face. I want a handheld device at the end of the day not a laptop.
 

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I only have a gaming PC and a M1 Air. I want my steam library in a handheld form so I can play anywhere in my house instead of my desk.

For reference I already setup Parsec to stream my gaming PC to my M1 Air and it works very well but this isn't what I want because the laptop always has to sit on something close to your face. I want a handheld device at the end of the day not a laptop.
That's kind of me. My wife is notoriously needy which limits my time at my desk. The steam deck would be perfect for gaming in bed while she watches tv. Plus I can never get comfortable with a gaming laptop in bed.

Plus I'm creeping up on 40 and the older I get the less I want to sit at a desk to play after designing stuff in solidworks all day.
 

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That's kind of me. My wife is notoriously needy which limits my time at my desk. The steam deck would be perfect for gaming in bed while she watches tv. Plus I can never get comfortable with a gaming laptop in bed.

Plus I'm creeping up on 40 and the older I get the less I want to sit at a desk to play after designing stuff in solidworks all day.
This. but instead of steam deck, I chose a book. Tired of computers of various shapes and sizes all day.
 

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1. i didn't think it had a camera

2. when you say install any OS you want you mean any Distro you want. Although windows 10 will be (technically) supported until around 2025 the minimum requirement for windows 11 is a 9" screen. This may of course change, but if it doesn't then your probably best just sticking with Arch Linux and learning how to use the alternative software available on Linux of which for a gaming device is plenty enough.
I was assuming it had a camera. Lets say Gabe Newell hears you through the microphone like Alexa? It doesn't matter you get the idea. But yes, you could install any OS including Windows 11. Does it have secure boot and TPM? I don't know but lets assume it does and assume that there is a work around in Windows 11 if it doesn't. It can be done. Try doing the same for the Nintendo Switch.
 

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Isn't Arch for masochists?
deploying and maintaining a DIY install of Arch is for masochists (ask me how I know rofl) but it's simplicity and customizability probably make it a good base for building up a custom fully-featured distro that's user-friendly but without baggage from starting with a less barebones foundation. Kinda like BSD (generally considered not user-friendly) to MacOS (BSD-based but built up until it's unrecognizably user-friendly)
 
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