Valve has announced that its Steam Deck handheld is on track to ship on time in February, following the earlier delay late last year. Additionally, Valve is sending more developer kits to studios to test their games for Steam Deck.
“First of all, we’re on track to ship Steam Deck on time. Despite the global pandemic, delivery issues and shipping issues, it looks like we’ll be able to get it 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 will allow players to know which games can be played on Steam Deck. The list of Steam titles with Deck Verified status will continue to grow as Valve approves more dev kits to ship. Compatible games have a green checkmark and can be played right out of the box on the Steam Deck.
“It’s also important that we give developers the opportunity to test their games to get that nice green verified check, so we’ve been shipping developer kits in bulk,” Valve said. “We’ve approved a new wave of dev kits and hundreds have been shipped in the past month”
Happy January! We’ve got a little 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 photo of Steam Decks’ first in-house units for testing and evaluation. Those who have reserved the handheld can check the status of their orders. The first wave of orders will go out in February and the second wave will ship in the second quarter of 2022.
There’s reportedly a Half-Life game tailored for the Steam Deck in the works, but Valve has confirmed that there won’t be any handheld exclusives.
IGN was the first media outlet to touch 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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