Monday, August 8

Valve Steam Deck – Final Packaging and Free Carrying Case Shown Here

With the Steam Deck, Valve has taken the unusual (and welcome) step of including a carrying case in the box. Now, Valve has given us a first glance of what it looks like, along with pictures of the packaging, which should appeal to fans of unboxing videos.

The image at the top of the page shows the carrying case open, with the lid molded to perfectly fit the two analog sticks. Valve says this is the design for the 64 and 256GB versions, so the 512GB high-end model may ship with something more eye-catching.

There doesn’t seem to be room for the power pack, but since the Steam Deck charges via USB-C, it doesn’t feel like the end of the world.

And here it is closed: a stylish, yet nondescript case, ready to hang (carefully) in your bag for a road trip.

(Image credit: Valve)

Embalaje Steam Deck

A road trip isn’t the only time to hang out on the Steam Deck, according to Valve’s playful and mocking package, which also suggests a slew of other possible game locations: ‘on the subway’, ‘on a Ferris wheel , «» In a submarine «,» in a test chamber «and» on the moon «are just some of the multilingual suggestions.

(Image credit: Valve)

And for the sake of integrity, here is the locked box, complete with security notices. Is it a companion cube that I see?

(Image credit: Valve)

“Please don’t use the shipping box as an umbrella, smash it to the ground, or use it as a magnet,” Valve adds kindly.

When will Steam Deck arrive?

Of course, it is unclear when you will actually have a Steam Deck on your hands. Last month, pre-orders due this year were pushed back to February due to the familiar chorus of supply chain issues, and purchases made now simply have the expected delivery date of “after Q2 2022.” That’s worryingly vague given it could easily mean ‘a little later’ or ‘2023 or later’, as far as we know.

But the good news is, you won’t miss out on any Steam Deck exclusives – Valve has made it clear that custom Steam Deck exclusive software isn’t on the cards. Although that doesn’t mean the company can’t create games that showcase the power of the handheld.

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