Steam Deck Dock Delayed Due To Parts Shortage

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Valve has announced that it will have to delay its docking station due to parts shortages and COVID shutdowns at its manufacturing facilities. The company said it was working to improve the situation, but had nothing more to say beyond that. Luckily, the delay doesn’t seem to impact the Steam Deck console, as it’s produced at a different factory.

The Valve Steam Deck has been a popular item, with pre-orders now promised for some time after October 2022. Unfortunately, there is now a delay with the Steam Deck Docking Station accessory. Originally slated to make its retail debut in late spring 2022, it has now been postponed indefinitely.

As a silver lining, Valve quietly updated the dock in late April, bringing a number of improvements to the unreleased dock. The unit originally had one USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet port. With the update, the new model will offer three USB-A 3.1 ports and an upgrade to a Gigabit Ethernet port. Valve also said it will make improvements to the docking station and its compatibility with USB-C hubs and external displays.

While this might sound like bad news, the company had a slew of good news ahead of this announcement. Valve announced the official release of Windows 10 and Windows 11 audio drivers. It also launched its partnership with iFixit, making spare parts and repair guides available for the console. Finally, a stable version of SteamOS 3.2 has made its way to consoles, giving users the ability to lower the console refresh rate to 40Hz, as well as better fan control through the operating system itself. same.

At this time, a new schedule for the docking station release is unknown. Additionally, Valve has yet to set a price for the device. Hopefully we’ll have an update in the coming months, giving Steam Deck owners a bit more clarity on the accessory’s future.

Source: Steam

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