Valve’s popular handheld gaming device, the Steam Deck, is currently available at a reduced price as part of the Steam Summer Sale.
This is the second time this year that the device has been offered at a discount, signaling Valve’s intention to leverage the device’s popularity during the sale.
The Popularity of the Steam Deck
Since its launch last year, the Steam Deck has been well-received by gamers, with a wide range of games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Hi-Fi Rush, supporting the device. The device’s popularity led to a waiting period of eight months for customers to order without reservations due to supply constraints.
By October 2022, the Steam Deck had reportedly sold over a million units. Valve’s internal research in March suggested that 42% of Steam Deck owners preferred gaming on the device compared to other platforms.
Steam Deck Discount Details
As part of the Steam Summer Sale, Valve is offering the Steam Deck at a discounted rate. The 64GB base model is now available at a 10% discount for $359.10, while the 256GB model is 15% off at $449.65.
The 512GB Steam Deck is also available for $519.20, a discount of $129.80 from its regular price. These discounted prices will be available on the Steam Store from June 29 to July 13.
Valve’s Commitment to Software Improvements
In addition to the hardware’s popularity, Valve has been actively working on improving its software. The company recently introduced a significant visual update to the Steam desktop client, affecting its font, notifications, and download tab, among other areas. This updated user interface has also been implemented on mobile and the Steam Deck. The changes include a revamped in-game overlay for desktop users and a new Notes feature, previously available in a beta version of the Steam client.
It remains to be seen whether Valve will offer the Steam Deck at a discount after the Steam Summer Sale. However, given the number of Steam sales events in 2023, it’s plausible that the company may plan another Steam Deck sale later in the year.
This would be good news for PC gamers considering a handheld option like the Steam Deck. The device’s future appeal will undoubtedly be determined by Valve’s actions in the coming months and years.
However, they shouldn’t be too lax with their developments as the ASUS ROG Ally might give them a run for their money.