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The Steam Deck will be available at the end of February… if all goes well…

A few months ago, Valve formalized its brand new Steam Deck portable console. A machine that obviously very quickly caught the eye of Steam enthusiasts, with a certain Nintendo Switch in sight of course. The manufacturer’s promise is simple, to combine the practical (and nomadic) side of the Switch with the power of next-gen consoles. A PC in a portable console of sorts, with the possibility of acquiring a dock to display the image on a remote screen.

Your Steam Deck soon with you (normally)

Very quickly, the small console recorded many pre-orders, with the first deliveries initially planned for the end of last year. However, Valve quickly had to realize that the small console was not ready to arrive at the first buyers. The firm had therefore taken the decision to postpone the marketing of the machine to the beginning of the year 2022.

Today, via its official forums, Valve is in charge of announcing that, despite the health situation and the shortage of components, the first shipments of Steam Deck will take place from the end of February. However, this is not a firm and definitive announcement, since the group indicates “ it seems that we will be able to start shipments from the end of February “. Valve thus leaves the door open to yet another last-minute delay…

Still, many developers have already received development kits for the machine, allowing in particular gradually add new games to the Steam Deck Verified program. Indeed, Valve is reviewing the compatibility of the entire Steam catalog with Steam Deck. After evaluation, a game receives a compatibility label of Compatible, Playable, Not Supported, or Undetermined.

Concretely, to be deemed “compatible“, games must meet four main criteria, namely compatibility with controllers, flawless fluidity, display in 1024 x 1024 or 1024 x 720 pixels, and perfect system compatibility. Currently, this is the case for games like GhostRunner, Death Stranding, Hades… Now let’s see if the first Steam Deck buyers will have the machine in their hands at the end of next month.