Valve unveils final Steam Deck packaging before it ships consoles to customers
Valve has revealed the final packaging of the Steam Deck, its first handheld games console. Due in February 2022, the Steam Deck will sit within a cardboard box containing some amusing icons on the side. As Valve explains in a blog post, people should not smash the outer box on the ground, use it as an umbrella or a magnet.
The box also contains countless languages offering advice about where you use the Steam Deck, such as 'on the subway', 'on a ferris wheel' or 'in a test chamber'. Once you have got past the jokes and the user guide, Valve has included a power supply in the box, along with a carry case and the Steam Deck itself.
Valve notes that these images are of a Design Validation (DV) prototype, the final stage before manufacturing retail units. Accordingly, final Steam Decks will contain 'additional minor changes', although Valve has not confirmed what changes it plans on making.
The Steam Deck can still be reserved through Steam. However, Valve does not expect to have stock for new orders until after Q2 2022 at the earliest. Valve still sells three memory configurations of the Steam Deck, starting with a 64 GB model.