These giant cut models are “functionally identical” to the finished product, as we’ve heard before, and while there will be minor differences, they won’t matter.
This is not really a surprise as in early September, Valve announced that it was preparing to send developer kits, and the limited number of applications that are being prepared.
So those requests have been received, processed, and the lucky giants are considered very important. The purpose of the handheld engineering models is to give Valve the opportunity to be guided by game developers. The process of getting their game on the steam deck.“, Firm Note, And get feedback on potential issues as a final step in working on the device.
We also got a glimpse of some pictures of the giant units which were given their last updates (above) and then later sent ready to be packed (below).
Analysis: Fast delivery of samples.
For all intents and purposes, then, Steam Deck has been hardware, with only polishing and performing – and hopefully this is a sign that Valve plans to launch a portable PC in December. Is on track
However, it takes less than a fortnight to get the names of the interested parties, process them and send them to the giant sample units, so it seems very quick – even if it has to be done at that time. Is. Remember, we’re only a few months away from the actual retail launch right now, so testing needs to go a little further.
Of course, even if things are still on track for the big launch, how many units will be available in December, is another question – especially given how quickly pre-orders were rolled out in 2022. Was.
Quite frankly, a lot of gamers are waiting for something, that’s it. Just a question of how long to wait.. Currently, the Steam Deck Pre-Order page shows the expected availability of ‘After Q2 2022’ for all models, showing July 2022 or later.