Valve’s Steam Deck is a pretty classy and powerful handheld and already enjoys great popularity among some buyers. The official Steam Deck Dock is supposed to be launched this spring, which allows screen output on monitors and TVs. Shortly before the launch, Valve has given the docking station an update that, among other things, provides faster USB ports.
Steam Deck Dock Receives Update
The “specifications are subject to change” Valve writes on the home page of the Steam Deck for the docking station, and they have now done so in the case of the Steam Deck Dock. An original version of the website on February 12, 2022 still stated that the docking station had one USB-A 3.1 port and two USB-A 2.0 ports.
After the specs update, all three USB-A ports are declared to be version 3.1, confirming speeds of 5 Gbps (versus a maximum of 480 Mbps for version 2.0). In addition, Valve now states that the network port is a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, previously there was no mention of Gigabit speeds.
Remaining ports remain
Otherwise, the 117 mm × 29 mm × 50.5 mm Steam Deck Dock, which weighs around 120 grams, features DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 once each for connecting external display devices, as well as USB-C with pass-through charging for power. There is also a USB-C port on the top for connecting the Steam Deck and docking station.
When the Steam Deck dock will be available and how high the price will be, however, is still completely open at the moment. Orders for the handheld, which even makes the PS5 look old in the charging time comparison, will only continue to ship from October 2022. It would be conceivable that the release of the docking station, which was planned for spring, could also be delayed once again. Valve had started shipping the Steam Deck at the end of February 2022 for interested parties who registered in advance.