Need to get your palms on a Steam Deck? Valve is taking dev package requests now

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Valve Steam Deck

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It’s going to be just a few extra months till we get our palms on retail variations of the Steam Deck…or will it? The percentages are unlikely, however we’re simply saying that when you’re feeling fortunate, Valve has introduced it is beginning to take requests for dev package variations of the extremely anticipated handheld gaming system.

Do not assume it’s going to be straightforward, although. You will should be registered for Valve’s Steamworks accomplice program, the API that lets builders implement Steam capabilities, like achievements or microtransactions, into their video games. That features a little bit of paperwork, a $100 price when you’re a sport developer or writer, and your banking info, amongst different necessities. Principally, good luck getting a dev package when you’re not already within the system as a trusted developer.

For these of you fortunate sufficient to get one, you are getting a dev package that is “functionally” similar to retail items, minus some minor beauty variations.

If you happen to’re nonetheless on the fence, or simply need to pour over the small print for the millionth time, here is every little thing we learn about Steam Deck, together with launch date, specs, worth, and extra. The luckiest amongst us will obtain them in December when retail items begin transport, however others will possible have to attend till 2022.