When is the Steam Deck OLED release date? Well how about that, the Steam Deck OLED is the refresh we were all expecting, but at the same time never saw coming. With questions over the performance of the base Steam Deck starting to surface, given that it’s not exactly an old piece of gear, we now know that Valve is answering every concern in this new model.
As one of the best PC gaming handhelds, the Steam Deck was always going to see a refresh or an entirely new model released at some point fairly soon. Given how close we are to the holiday season, we didn’t quite anticipate that it would launch before the end of November.
Steam Deck OLED release date
The Steam Deck OLED release date is Thursday, November 16 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm GMT. However, there is currently no indication of how fast these units will be shipped.
While the current Steam Deck remains on a 1-2 week shipping schedule, the Steam Deck OLED doesn’t have a listed shipping turnaround as of yet. It’s worth noting that Valve isn’t advertising this as a pre-order window but instead, the official release date of the Steam Deck OLED, so there is reasonable expectation that units could ship immediately.
Steam Deck OLED models
There are two models of the Steam Deck OLED that will go live on November 16, one with 512GB of storage, and one with 1TB.
With the purchase of an Steam Deck OLED, you will also receive a 45W power supply, carrying case, and a Steam profile bundle.
Beyond storage, the only difference between the two Steam Deck OLED models is some additional digital content. For purchasing the 1TB model, you will receive a virtual keyboard theme and a special startup movie.
Steam Deck OLED price
The 512GB Steam Deck OLED price is $549 / £479, while the 1TB Steam Deck OLED price is $649 / £569. A limited edition colorway will be available in the US and Canada but there is no indication of its price.
While you wait for the release of the Steam Deck OLED, you can grab the existing models for a cut price. The 256GB original Steam Deck is down to $399 / £349, with an estimated shipping date of between 1-2 weeks.
Steam Deck OLED specs
The Steam Deck OLED specs include a new 6nm APU, 7.4-inch HDR OLED display with a 1280×800 resolution, and the battery life has also been improved to between 3-12 hours depending on the content.
These specs are a big win for anyone who was holding out on a base Steam Deck until the holiday discount period as many common concerns appear to have been addressed by Valve.
We’ll keep you up to date with the latest news on the Steam Deck OLED as it drops, but in the meantime, check out the best Steam Deck games in 2023 that you could soon be playing on its incredible HDR display.