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Valve’s portable PC game console “Steam Deck” will be released on February 25 | TechCrunch Japan

After a two-month postponement, Valve’s mobile game PC “Steam Deck” will be released on February 25th. Valve said in a blog post published on January 26, that it would start placing orders on the launch date for the first batch of bookers. The reservation person can purchase a handheld PC by completing the procedure within 72 hours after receiving the order mail. If this opportunity is not used, Valve will transfer the reservation right to the next reservation person. The first order will be shipped on February 28th. In the future, more users will be able to purchase it once a week.

Valve had planned to launch the “Steam Deck” at the end of 2021, but postponed that due to a shortage of parts. “I’m sorry about this. We’ve done our best to avoid global supply chain issues, but the components didn’t reach the manufacturing plant and weren’t in time for their original launch date.” Valve explained in an announcement about the postponement.

The Steam Deck starts at $ 399. This cheapest model comes with 64GB of eMMC internal storage and a carrying case. Models with 256GB and 512GB NVMe SSD internal storage are also available. The intermediate model and the top model are $ 529 (about 60,670 yen) and $ 649 (about 74,430 yen), respectively. The most expensive version also comes with a premium anti-glare screen. Steam Deck’s custom chipset features a 2.4GHz processor and a GPU with 8 RDNA 2 CUs. It also has 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Valve claims that these factors have created a handheld PC that can run the latest games with “very efficient” power consumption. Engadget will deliver a Steam Deck review on February 25th.

Initially, Steam Deck will begin shipping in the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom. After that, it will be released sequentially in other regions such as Japan.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on Engadget. Author Igor Bonifacic is a contributor to Engadget.

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(Sentence: Igor Bonifacic, Translation: Aya Nakazato)

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