Valve announced that the Steam bridges will be on sale from February 25. The portable PC-based console is therefore ready to debut, after the delay caused by the shortage of components that led Valve to postpone it from the initial plan set for December. According to declared by the company on the blog, customers who have reserved the device will receive an email from that day and they will have three days to place the “final” order.
Half-Life and Portal’s parent company will release new bundles every week, so if you’re pre-ordered, keep an eye on your email constantly in the coming weeks. Here is the full message:
“Hey, we’re almost there! On February 25, we will send the first batch of emails containing product orders to those who made the reservation. Customers will have 3 days (72 hours) from receipt of the email to complete their purchase, before the reservation moves on to the next person in line. The first units will be sent to customers from February 28, and we plan to send new batches of emails every week.”
“We will also be sending units to the press shortly for review. The press embargo on Steam Deck reviews will end on February 25, but some previews and impressions may become available before then. In the meantime, we will continue to working on the final details and tweaking some elements. We can’t wait to ship the Decks at the end of next month!”
“Additional details for the curious: We will start sending invitations shortly after 7 p.m. on February 25; emails will be sent in the same order in which reservations were made; you can only order the Steam Deck model you have reserved; the deposit paid upon reservation will be applied to the final price of the Steam Deck. Shipping costs are included.”
Valve still allows the Steam Deck to be reserved for 4 euros, but given the queue of orders already obtained and the difficulties of production, the expected availability for the order is indicated “after Q2 2022”. We remind you that Steam Deck comes in three versions that differ, in addition to the bundle, in particular by the amount and type of onboard storage: The base $419 version has 64GB of eMMC storage, then there’s a $549 version with a 256GB NVMe SSD, and finally a third $649 model with a 512GB NVMe SSD. is also possible to expand the storage space in all three cases via a high-speed microSD. Further technical details can be read here.
Finally, “Dynamic Cloud Sync” is interesting, a new feature for managing cloud saves that will allow you to play without interruption, from where you left off, from the PC and from the console.