Production of Valve’s official Steam Deck Docking Station has been delayed indefinitely, the corporate has introduced.
In a Steam information publish, Valve mentioned “Due to parts shortages and COVID closures at our manufacturing facilities, the official Steam Deck Docking Station is delayed.” No data was offered concerning the anticipated period of the delay, with Valve merely stating it’s “working on improving the situation.”
These points won’t have an effect on manufacturing of the Steam Deck itself, with Valve explaining that each merchandise are made with “different parts” in “different factories”.
Problems surrounding the Steam Deck’s Docking Station have been ongoing for some time. In a information publish from February discussing launch day particulars for the Steam Deck itself, Valve gave the Docking Station a imprecise launch date of spring 2022, including that the discharge “won’t be happening as early as we wanted.” A few months later, the Docking Station quietly acquired an improve from its authentic specs in April, with Valve altering the port configuration from USB 2.0 to a few USB 3.11 Type A connections. Whether this was the reason for that preliminary delay, or the problems with sourcing components and COVID closures are long term, is unsure.
Alongside these upgraded ports, the Docking Station additionally sports activities an HDMI 2.0 port, a USB-C port for connecting to the Deck, an influence port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. It’s a handy-looking little bit of equipment, though we’ve nonetheless no concept how a lot it’ll value, or certainly, when it’ll be out there.