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The Steam Deck Dock May Be Launching This Spring

February 23, 2022

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

Update (February 23, 2022 - 4:07 PM ET) - Valve has put out a news post which talks about the upcoming launch of the Steam Deck along with a rough release window for the Steam Deck Dock.

Here's the relevant bit from the news post:

 

We are also looking forward to getting the official Dock for Steam Deck into customers' hands. It won't be happening as early as we wanted, but we're excited to talk more about it soon and are planning to make them available in late spring.

Our original story continues below.


The Steam Deck Dock release date might be sometime in Spring 2022 according to a now-removed block of text from the website for Valve's handheld gaming PC. Additionally, a new set of tools supporting the Steam Deck has launched on Steam.

 
 

First announced last summer, the Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC that is being manufactured by Valve, the same company that brought you the popular gaming service Steam. This handheld also happens to have a dock that will let you charge it or connect it to peripherals. Although the Steam Deck is going to be officially launching in a few days, we didn't have much in the way of information about when we could get the Steam Deck Dock. Now, it looks like someone at Valve might have slipped up and accidentally tipped their hand about a release date window.

Steam Deck Dock Release Date slice
The Steam Deck website changed the text blurb about the Dock sometime in the last 24 hours (left), but it has since been reverted to the original text (right).

What We Know About the Steam Deck Dock Launch Window

As reported on Reddit, the Steam Deck website changed sometime last night. A text blurb talking about the Steam Deck Dock changed as follows:

 
 
February 22 Website Edit (Since Reverted) Original Text
The official dock props up your Steam Deck while connecting to external displays, wired networking, USB peripherals, and power. You can also use a powered USB-C hub, if you've got one lying around.

The official dock will be sold separately. More information coming soon.

The Steam Deck[TM] Docking Station props up your Steam Deck while connecting to external displays, wired networking, USB peripherals, and power. You can also use a powered USB-C hub, if you've got one lying around.

The official dock will be sold separately. Add it to your Steam wishlist to get notified when it's available to order. Coming Spring 2022.


This change is shown on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine capture of the page from February 22. An earlier capture does not show this text, and the current live version of this page has reverted to the original text at the time of writing. We've reached out to Valve for comment and will update this article when we received a reply.

When is the Steam Deck Dock Release Date?

The Steam Deck Dock release date may be sometime in Spring 2022 according to now-removed text from the Steam Deck website; a more specific release date has not yet been announced.

Steam Deck Dock Release Date Deck Verified
A handy new web page shows you which of your games will play nice with the Steam Deck -- and which ones won't.

Steam Deck Verified Tools Added to Steam

In addition to the news about the Steam Deck Dock, Valve has released some new tools for Steam that are available to everyone. These new tools will let you know the Verified status of each and every game in your library.

Late last year, Valve introduced the "Deck Verified" program which classifies games as "Verified," "Playable," "Unsupported," or "Unknown." A number of games have already been rated, and now Valve has launched two new functions on Steam.

 
 

The first addition to Steam is the new "Your Library on Deck" web page. This shows the state of each and every one of your games unless they're Unsupported. The second addition is a "Great on Deck" landing page for the Steam Store which should only be visible when using the Steam Deck (although apparently, some nerds have figured out how to look at it on a PC anyways).

We still don't know when we'll be able to get our hands on the Steam Deck Dock or when the next wave of Steam Deck pre-orders will be open. In the meantime, you can reserve a Steam Deck for yourself for just $5.00.