April 13, 2024

A enjoyable Valve video showcases among the highlights from the Steam Deck’s first yr.

Valve is celebrating the primary yr of official availability for the Steam Deck with the {hardware}’s first-ever official sale. These trying to purchase Valve’s transportable {hardware} can get a unit for 10 percent off till March 23 as a part of Steam’s common spring software program sale.

Within the US, that interprets to the next value reductions for the varied Steam Deck configurations:

  • 64GB eMMC: $399.00 all the way down to $359.10
  • 256GB NVMe: $529.00 all the way down to $476.10
  • 512GB NVMe: $649.00 all the way down to $584.10

Even a temporary price drop would have been hard to picture for the Steam Deck just a few months ago, when the hardware was still enjoying a months-long run atop Steam’s top-sellers list and Valve was still struggling to fulfill launch-day preorders in a timely manner. But Steam Deck units have been available without a preorder since October and are now set to be delivered one to two weeks after an order is placed.

While this could just be a sign of improvements in longstanding hardware supply chain issues, the Steam Deck hardware has also dropped a bit on Steam’s own sales charts in latest weeks. And you may distinction the Steam Deck’s sale value with the Nintendo Swap, which has but to see an official value drop in its six-year historical past (although retailer-specific Black Friday-style offers have thrown in bundled video games and Swap On-line subscriptions for the usual MSRP).

The (newly discounted) Steam Deck beckons...
Enlarge / The (newly discounted) Steam Deck beckons…

Should you’re frightened about investing within the first Steam Deck proper earlier than the launch of a souped-up model 2, fret not. Valve has just lately steered {that a} extra highly effective follow-up to the Steam Deck is “a couple of years” away (although a extra surface-level beauty refresh may conceivably come sooner).