How To Pre-Order Steam Deck, Valve's Flagship Handheld Gaming PC

How To Pre-Order Steam Deck
How To Pre-Order Steam Deck

Valve recently announced the Steam Deck Handheld Gaming Console revealing every bit of information about it, Price, Specs, controls, pre-order availability and all that. Pre-orders for the Steam Deck has also started, and their shipping will start from December this year for the United States, Canada, the European Union, and the United Kingdom and we'll hear more about shipping in other countries by 2022. So far, the Deck is being called the Best Handheld Console in 2021, outranking the Switch.

With AMD RDNA 2 + Zen 2 Basic Custom APU, 16 GB Ram and SSD Storages, the Steam Deck is expected to have enough power for most of the AAA titles. Even tho it runs on Steam OS you will still be able to install and use PC software, Browse the web, watch streaming videos, do your normal productivity stuff, and install some other game stores as well.

Valve Steam Deck Variants & their Prices

There are a total of three different variants of Valve Steam Deck with prices starting from $300 and ending with $649 where the cheapest version comes with 64GB eMMC Internal Storage while the rest has NVMe Based SSD Storages. Although, the performance of all three variants is kinda similar.

The 2nd variant of the Deck that includes faster NVMe 256GB SSD storage, a carry case, and an Exclusive Steam Community profile costs $529, while the expensive one that comes with 512GB NVMe SSD storage, anti-glare etched glass and, an exclusive virtual keyboard theme, carry case and community profile bundle. costs $529.

Think twice before confirming the Reservation of any variant because once done, you'll only have access to the variant you selected and you'll not be able to neither purchase one more nor changing the variant.

SteamDeck Key Specs

  • CPU: Custom AMD APU (Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz)
  • GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB LPDDR5 onboard RAM (5500 MT/s dual-channel)
  • Display: 1280 x 800px (16:10 Aspect Ratio), 7" Display with 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Battery: 40Whr battery. 2 - 8 hours of gameplay
  • OS: SteamOS 3.0
The Valve steam deck runs on a new version of Steam OS (Steam OS 3.0) powered by a custom 4c/8t AMD APU, with integrated 8 RDNA 2 CUs GPU supported by 16GB LPDDR5 dual-channel RAMM(s), and all the variants have the same high-speed microSD Card expansion slot, while there is no performance difference in any of the 3 models.

When comparing to the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck is obviously a winner with a 7" Touchscreen Display, and there's even a Dock for Video output to external devices (sold separately).

You can take a more deep dive at the Valve Steam Deck Specifications, Design and Layout by checking out our coverage about Steam Deck announcement.

Where to Order Valve Steam Deck

You'll be able to place a reserve order for Valve Steam Deck directly from Steam Website. Reservations will be limited to 1 order per customer and will require a $5 fee which is taken off the balance of your total purchase when you place your order for the deck. You can also set up a handy reminder email on the official website. In case you didn't get a chance to pre-order the device, then the $5 fee will be returned to your Steam balance.

How to Pre-Order the Valve Steam Deck

  • Select Your Steam Deck Variant, and click Reserve (if SteamDeck isn't available in your country then you'll see the Reserve Now button a bit faded, also you'll see a notice saying Steam Deck is not available in your country right now)

Once you Reserve your order, you'll be put into a queue and when selected, Valve will contact you that Steam Deck is available to purchase. If you really want one, then you should place the order quickly because many people are making their pre-orders (recently the web page crashed due to a lot of rush). Please note that it's not guaranteed that you'll be able to purchase Steam Deck even after Reserving it, it will entirely depend on whether this deck will face stock shortage or not which is so likely nowadays.

Valve Steam Deck Pre-Order Requirement

Reservations for the Valve Steam Deck is open at the time of writing, also your Steam account needs to be in a valid region too which is UK, EU, US and Canada while writing this article. If you are not living in any of these, Valve's FAQ page about Steam Deck says "coming soon".
Ayush Kumar - Editor

I used to write about tech news, gaming news, pc build, and guides at techneg Contact: ayush@techneg.tech

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