Valve has announced that its Steam Deck handheld is on track to ship on time in February, following its previous delay late last year. Additionally, Valve is sending out more developer kits to studios to help test their games for Steam Deck.
“First and foremost, we’re on track to ship Steam Deck on time. Global pandemic, supply issues, and shipping issues notwithstanding, it looks like we’ll be able to start getting these out the door by the end of February,” Valve said in a statement.
Close-Up Photos of Valve’s Steam Deck
The Steam Deck Verified program has already started and it allows players to know which games will be playable on Steam Deck. The list of Steam titles with the Deck Verified status will continue to grow as Valve has been approving more dev kits to send. Compatible games will have a green checkmark and will be playable on the Steam Deck right out of the box.
“It’s also important that we give developers the ability to test their games in order to get that nice green Verified check, so we’ve been sending developer kits out in quantity,” said Valve. “We’ve been approving another wave of dev kits, and hundreds have been shipped out in the last month”
Happy January! We have a small update for you today – tl;dr – we’re still on track to ship in February.
Check it out here: https://t.co/pQXC101JCV
— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) January 13, 2022
Valve also provided a picture of the first in-house units of Steam Decks to test and evaluate. Those who preordered the handheld will be able to check the status of their orders. The first wave of orders will go out in February, and the second wave will ship in Q2 2022.
There was reportedly a Half-Life game tailored towards the Steam Deck in the works, but Valve has confirmed that there won’t be any exclusive titles for the handheld.
IGN was the first media outlet to get a hands-on with the Steam Deck. You can read our full hands-on preview here and our interview with Valve boss Gabe Newell about the philosophy and design of the Steam Deck.
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