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Steam Deck release date finally revealed

Steam Deck release date finally revealed

After a lot of waiting, Valve has finally revealed the release date for the Steam Deck. Originally slated to launch back in December, the Steam Deck was ultimately delayed to February because of component shortages brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we have a specific release date for the handheld, and it looks like Valve will be able to stick to that February release window.

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Steam Deck Dynamic Cloud Sync could be a game changer

Steam Deck Dynamic Cloud Sync could be a game changer

The past several days have been exciting ones for Steam Deck updates. Previously, Valve revealed that the Steam Deck would support Epic's Easy Anti-Cheat on top BattlEye, giving Steam Deck support for two of the biggest anti-cheats in the industry. Today, we're learning that Steam Deck will support a feature called Dynamic Cloud Sync, and it's particularly exciting for those that plan to split their game time between Steam Deck and a desktop or laptop.

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Steam Deck stacks anti-cheat support for games aplenty

Steam Deck stacks anti-cheat support for games aplenty

As we inch ever closer to the release of the Steam Deck, prospective buyers are looking for any update they can get about the handheld. The latest update came just as the weekend was getting underway, with Valve issuing a brief note to Steam Deck developers. Don't let that scare you off, though, because while this update may have been aimed at PC developers, it's good news for us regular consumers as well.

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After delayed launch, Valve’s Steam Deck gets a February shipping window

After delayed launch, Valve’s Steam Deck gets a February shipping window

Valve's Steam Deck created a lot of excitement among many gamers when the legendary gaming company revealed the handheld console back in July. With launch scheduled for late 2021, hopes of an on-time launch were dashed when Valve announced the console would be delayed. This week Valve announced that the console will ship this February (in the year 2022), but hasn't gone on to specify the day this launch will commence.

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Steam Deck won’t flop like Steam Machines

Steam Deck won’t flop like Steam Machines

PC gamers might have felt a tad disappointed at the news that Valve is delaying its Steam Deck portable PC gaming machine to sometime in 2022. Of course, that wasn't exactly surprising given how other consumer electronics, especially computers and mobile devices, are facing production and shipment delays, but it still douses some cold water over the enthusiasm that has been building up towards the upcoming shopping and gaming seasons. Almost ironically, that can also serve to get gamers excited even more, especially after Valve continues to reveal some details that inspire confidence that the Steam Deck will not be a repeat of the ill-fated Steam Machine.

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Valve’s Steam Deck delayed

Valve’s Steam Deck delayed

Valve announced today that the first shipments for its Steam Deck handheld have been delayed. Originally slated to begin shipping in December 2021, those initial orders have now been pushed back to 2022. The delay isn't massive in the grand scheme, but this is another example of new hardware missing its original launch window because of supply chain issues and global shortages.

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Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Steam Deck teardown tells you exactly how to be bad

Today the folks at Valve went ahead and tore down their next-generation portable gaming device Steam Deck. The Valve Steam Deck is not exactly like your average DIY PC build. Instead, it's more like... you COULD open it up, but you probably shouldn't. Valve's video is like a parent saying to a child: I know this looks fun, but DON'T do it.

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Valve confirms new Steam Deck details like PC control and SD card booting

Valve confirms new Steam Deck details like PC control and SD card booting

We're quickly approaching the release window for Valve's Steam Deck. The first orders for the handheld PC gaming machine are due to begin shipping out in December, but even though we're still a few months out, the Steam Deck isn't some unknown quantity. Indeed, Valve has been relatively open about the Steam Deck and its capabilities so far, even offering hands-on time with the device to a select few. Now it's answering even more questions in a revamped FAQ it has published for the Steam Deck.

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Steam Deck development kits begin shipping

Steam Deck development kits begin shipping

One of the coolest things to happen in gaming in a long time, at least for those who enjoy gaming on the PC was the Steam Deck. It's been a while since the device was announced, and Steam has finally confirmed that development kits are beginning to ship. Steam shared some images from behind the scenes showing Steam Deck development kits being packaged up to ship out to partners.

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Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Steam Deck performance doesn’t get a boost in docked mode

Valve's Steam Deck handheld gaming PC was immediately compared to the Nintendo Switch when it was first announced, but that's a rather superficial comparison when it comes down to the details. While both are indeed handheld gaming devices, the Steam Deck is more like the Switch Lite with its nonremovable controls. Another critical difference between the two has just surfaced, revealing that the Steam Deck's performance will be the same whether you hold it in your hands or nest it in a dock with a larger, higher-resolution screen.

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Steam Deck optional FPS limiter to offer better battery life

Steam Deck optional FPS limiter to offer better battery life

Valve's Steam Deck, just like many of the company's hardware endeavors, has stirred up mixed responses to the portable PC gaming handheld. The device itself seems to have a yin yang characteristic to it. Its tempting price tag was offset by pre-order chaos, while its capable hardware, at least for a portable computer, was balanced by some puzzling decisions about its performance. The most controversial aspect seems to be the "30 FPS target" for the Steam Deck that Valve revealed. As it turns out, the story is actually more confusing than that simple statement.

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Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Steam Next Fest 2021 dates confirmed and Steam Deck casts a big shadow

Even though it feels like the last Steam Next Fest just wrapped up, Valve has already confirmed the details for the autumn Next Fest. Valve today announced that the Steam Next Fest will be returning in October, serving up another collection of game demos that anyone can download and play. As with previous Next Fest events, this one in October will last for a full week.

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