Since the Steam Deck was announced last summer, Valve’s handheld devices have been defined by long queues and limited supplies. That may soon change, as Valve announced today that it has some “good news” for potential Steam Deck subscribers.
In a news post that went up this morning, Valve announced that they would be able to meet demand sooner than expected.
“One of the supply chain deficiencies affecting Steam Decks is gradually being cleared, and we are continuously increasing production, so we can produce more Decks faster than ever before.”
Steam Deck has proven to be a hit with fans since its release in February. While Valve’s handheld has been criticized for screen quality, battery life, and performance issues, it has also received praise for its versatility and support.
In terms of specs, each Steam Deck offers the same specs of 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and an AMD APU containing a quad-core Zen 2 CPU with eight threads and AMD RDNA 2 graphics worth eight compute units. However, there are three different storage tiers available: 64GB eMMC storage, 256GB NVMe SSD storage, and 512GB high-speed NVME SSD storage. You can also expand storage via microSD on either model. The Steam Deck offers 16GB of integrated LPDDR5 memory, for a total bandwidth of 88GB/s. The GPU will apparently have access to up to 8GB.
Other features include a built-in microphone, a gyroscope for motion control, and a “40 watt-hour battery that provides several hours of playtime for most games”. Valve says the Steam Deck can charge and play at the same time.