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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Look upon the Steam Deck packaging and despair

Valve’s Steam Deck may have been delayed until February 2022, but you can start taking in the sight of its packaging right now.

The handful of teaser images shows the inside of the cardboard packaging, including the carrying case containing the console itself, and the boxed USB-C charger you’ll get with it – much like the one you get with a new Nintendo Switch

The innards of the box run through the many places you can feasibly play on your Steam Deck, such as “on the subway”, “on the moon”, “in a hammock”, or “in a test chamber” – so, yes, any Portal fans should have a great time simply reading the text. But we think Valve really missed a trick by not calling the Steam Deck the ‘Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device’ instead. (It’s right there, Valve!)

(Image credit: Future)

The outside of the box contains some very useful and very serious guidance, with images asking you to treat the Steam Deck as carefully as you would your own companion cube, and not to use it as an umbrella, throw it in a rage across the room, or keep around any giant magnets. The carrying case itself is a sleek, black affair, like a shockproof chiffon scarf.

Steam Deck in black carrying case

(Image credit: Future)

The blog post accompanying the images says that “We’ve recently completed our DV (Design Validation) manufacturing build of Steam Deck, and we’ll be using these units for additional testing and developer kits. DV is the final prototype build before production, and it includes improvements from the EV2 build. After this build, there will be additional minor changes in the final product.


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