News All Steam Decks Now Expected to Be Available 'After Q2 2022'

Bazzy 505

Jul 17, 2021
So they launched preorder to see if it would sell well, seeing the numbers, started talking to their OEM partners about commiting to specific production runs, and received the usual 6-9 months lead-in time estimate. Add a few weeks on top for container shipping and it's about ready in time for easter steam sale .
Call me a cynic, but kinda saw that one comming from mile away :LOL:
All three Steam Deck models—the base model with 64GB of eMMC storage, the mid-level option with a 256GB NVMe SSD, and the high-end model with a 512GB NVMe SSD...
"Base, mid-level and high-end" might not be the best way to put it, seeing as the only real difference between the various models comes down to storage, along with some anti-glare glass on the priciest option. As far as in-game performance goes, they should all be identical. And they all support storage expansion via MicroSD at a fraction of the cost. For $85, one can get a relatively fast 512GB MicroSD (or as little as $70 for a slower one), and while it's probably not going to load games as fast as an NVMe SSD, the 512GB model costs around 35% more than the 64GB model plus a 512GB MicroSD, and even the 256GB version costs around 10% more for less than half the total storage. It also sounds like it might potentially be possible to install a compact NVMe drive in the 64GB version, though it remains to be seen how practical that might be.

If these are still around a year away from release, that seems like a rather long wait though. How many of those interested in getting one now are going to still be interested a year from now?