What simply occurred? Owners of (and people ready to personal) the Steam Deck who’re hoping to purchase an official docking station for the console could need to mood these expectations for some time. Valve has introduced that the accent has been delayed from its authentic late Spring launch, with no new launch date given.
Valve posted the announcement on the Steam Deck Events web page. The delay is being blamed on elements which have develop into all too acquainted: elements shortages and Covid closures impacting manufacturing amenities.
The excellent news is that the delay would not prolong to the Steam Deck itself. The handheld console’s manufacturing schedule and reservation home windows are unaffected as its elements are completely different from the dock’s and it’s manufactured at completely different factories.
The Steam Deck Docking Station, to provide it its full official identify, obtained a improvement replace earlier this 12 months that noticed its two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.1 ports switched to a few USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A connections. Whether the change performed a component within the delay is unclear.
In addition to these ports, the official Steam dock has one HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, an influence port, a USB-C Power Delivery passthrough enter, and a USB Type-C cable for connecting to the Steam Deck.
Valve confirmed final 12 months that, not like the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck will not get any form of efficiency enhance when linked to its official dock.
One factor Valve nonetheless hasn’t revealed is how a lot the Steam Deck Docking Station will price. Don’t anticipate it to be low cost as soon as it arrives, each time that may be. But you can at all times simply use a powered USB Type-C hub.
In different Valve information, the corporate’s newest Steam survey outcomes present that extra individuals are shopping for the newest graphics playing cards as their costs proceed to fall nearer to MSRP.