Valve’s Steam Deck console set to release in February
Valve, also known as Valve Software, an American video game developer, publisher and digital distribution company has just officially confirmed the most anticipated release date of the Steam Deck.
The company better known for Steam, its video game digital distribution service and the biggest PC gaming platform to date had made the announcement through their official ‘Steam Deck’ Twitter account alongside the release date and production information.
Steam Deck Launch Date
Following initial delays and efforts to tap into the video game console market, Steam Deck is set to launch on February 25, 2022. Valve also announced that email confirmation will be sent to emails associated with the Steam account for those who pre-booked Steam Deck.
The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC with great portability, it promises to bring the largest video game and software library to players’ hands following its association with Steam. Hence, the hype built for the console is rather acceptable following the great promises it has of combined portability and easier access to the gaming version of ‘the Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria’.
Upon its anticipated release date due in next month, customers who had pre-booked previously were given the chance within three days (72-hours) to confirm the order.
The already paid amount of $5 will be converted to the product’s final amount which also already includes shipping and email confirmation for the pre-booked order to be delivered at 10:00 am (PST) on February 25.
As for the public, the company has confirmed that Steam Deck will be made available for purchase online starting from February 25 and delivery is set to begin on February 28.
More details about Steam Deck
Valve’s Steam Deck is powered with SteamOS 3.0, a Linux-based operating system where users will not only be able to install games and PC software available on the Steam platform, but also browse on the website, watch online videos, and the common stuff one should expect carried on a day-to-day basis.
Further details surrounding the Steam Deck were also provided by Valve. Valve begins by going through the whole Steam catalog to make a brand new entire compatibility rating system. Later on, Steam Deck users will be able to identify games based on; Verified, Playable, Unsupported, or Unknown on the console.
This announcement came after Valve’s test run to see how games will run on the used operating system back in October last year. Going further down the line, a certain game is deemed as Verified if it meets four requirements surrounding accessibility, functionality, icon, interface, and default graphics must perform well.
Reports from video games media such as The Gamer and Saved You A Click A Video Games (SYACVG) suggest that Persona 4 will not run due to unknown reasons. While other games missing a minor feature or two such as Valheim and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt passed the test with a playable rating. Out of 86 compatible games tested for Steam Deck, 42 rated Verified and the rest are playable, as per Sportskeeda.
While the release is one of the most anticipated console releases so far, Valve must remain vigil related to both hardware and software technicality. As hype was already built for a portable console with endless possibilities, expectations must be kept in line with promises given upon its arrival.