Valve is upgrading its Steam Deck dock before release, but we still don’t know how much it will cost

Valve has quietly updated specs to its unreleased official dock for the Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, as reported by Rate Geek† Steam Deck’s tech specs originally said the dock would have one USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet port for networking, but the page now says that all three USB-A ports will use the much faster 3.1 standard, and it now specifies that the Ethernet port will actually be a Gigabit Ethernet port.

According to the Wayback Machine, the tech specs on Valve’s Steam Deck page listed the original specs as of February 12, and the accompanying diagram of the dock pointed to an “Ethernet” port for networking. But by February 22, the specs were updated to reflect the three USB-A 3.1 ports. And by February 25 — the first day Valve started selling the Steam Deck — the dock diagram was updated to show the three USB-A 3.1 ports. and a Gigabit Ethernet connection.

The dock’s original specs (left) vs. the updated specs (right).

(The February 25 archive of The Wayback Machine is also the first time I see Valve labeled “Docking Station” instead of “Official Dock.”)

The upgrades seem good for the dock and I’m looking forward to picking one up myself. I envision a future where I can use the dock to play Steam games on the TV in my living room. Unfortunately, I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be able to do that, as Valve has only given a vague release date for the dock in late spring 2022, and the company hasn’t shared how much it could cost. Valve did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If you don’t want to wait for Valve’s official dock, the company says you can use other USB-C hubs instead, like my colleague Sean Hollister did in his review. But I’ve waited long enough on the deck itself, what are a few more months before the dock?

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