Valve is now selling the official Steam Deck Docking Station for $89. When we first published this story, there was a button to make a reservation, though changed to a “Buy now!” button soon after. Currently, it’s back to a reservation button.
Valve’s official dock is intended to make it easier to hook up the handheld gaming PC to a monitor or television. The dock has three USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a gigabit ethernet port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, and an HDMI 2.0 port. It connects to your Steam Deck via a USB-C cable that plugs into the USB-C port on the top of the device. Unlike the Nintendo Switch, using the dock won’t increase the power of your Steam Deck; it only lets you charge the device and connect it to an external display.
It’s compatible with “a wide range of displays and peripherals”
Valve says it has confirmed that the dock is compatible with “a wide range of displays and peripherals.” However, Valve acknowledges that there’s a chance that it missed some, given the many displays and accessories on the market. The company also spelled out a bug with some LG displays that it’s working to address but says it can be fixed by sleep / wake cycling your Steam Deck or unplugging and then plugging the dock back in.
The dock will come with its own power supply, though you don’t need to plug in the docking station to use it, according to Valve. If you go that route, you’ll see reduced throughput from the USB ports.
Just yesterday, Valve shipped a new SteamOS update with features and fixes for external display support. The company says that there will be updates for the dock itself down the line and notes that you might have to install one right out of the box. You’ll be able to update the dock by plugging in your Steam Deck and following the installation wizard, according to Valve.
The dock has been a long time coming
The dock has been a long time coming. It wasn’t available to order when the Steam Deck first launched in February, and Valve then delayed the accessory from a “late spring” release window in June. The company blamed that delay on parts shortages and closures at its manufacturing sites.
Valve is also now letting customers buy any Steam Deck model without a reservation. Currently, they each show an estimated delivery window of within one or two weeks. However, Valve cautions that if order volume for a specific model gets too high, it will turn on the reservation button once again for that model.
Update October 6th, 2:30PM ET: Valve is now letting customers order any Steam Deck model without a reservation. The dock now requires a reservation before you can order.