After months of waiting and delays, Valve has finally announced that the Steam Deck is available for purchase on its official website.
Not only that, but according to Valvethe dock will ship incredibly quickly in one to two weeks, which is combined with the fact that Steam Deck itself now comes with no waiting time (not to mention that it incredibly easy to set up). The port selection is also pretty good, with the dock having three USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, one Ethernet port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, and an HDMI 2.0 port. And it uses a USB-C pass-through port for power.
The Steam Deck will set you back $90 (around £81 / AU$140), which is a bit more expensive than most third-party options currently on the market. But for those who are waiting for the official product until then, the price will likely not be an issue.
Is it worth buying?
Considering that even the Steam Decks themselves ship without a queue and that the dock ships so quickly, it seems that supply chain issues that have been taking over Valve are greatly weakened.
However, the deck itself is far from perfect. Because it uses USB-C for the display port, a third-party USB-C dock that uses its own power supply and video output will output the display official dock.
And as mentioned earlier, the official Steam Deck is priced higher than many third-party options on the market, meaning those on a tight budget may want to forego this product in favor of a lower cost.
There are also some bugs that Valve is currently working on fixing, including a bug related to compatibility with LG displays. According to the FAQ, when “the dock is connected via HDMI, the sleep/wake mode may cause visual noise.”
It might be worth waiting for Valve to work out the kinks of their dock before investing in it. While you wait, explore other options that may better suit your needs.