Valve shared yesterday that its official docking station made to pipe the Steam Deck’s visuals to a TV or monitor (and join a few USB peripherals) has been delayed but once more. The dock missed its preliminary launch window of transport alongside the primary batch of Deck reservations in late February, and a mixture of ongoing half shortages and COVID-related work stoppages has pushed its launch additional into the longer term. Valve didn’t share when it’s aiming to launch the dock, although it says it’s “engaged on bettering the scenario.”
For the numerous who’re nonetheless ready on their Steam Deck reservations to reach, Valve needs you to know that this dock delay can have no affect on console manufacturing. It says that these docks use completely different components, they usually’re made in numerous factories.
To make the wait extra bearable for individuals who already personal a Deck, Valve mentioned its group is working to enhance how the hand held PC console works with different USB-C hubs and exterior shows. And, provided that the group has already proven how quickly it may possibly iterate on the Deck’s software program, that’s encouraging.
On that notice, when you’re bored with ready on Valve’s official dock, I recommend making an attempt out one of many many somewhat-affordable USB-C hubs which can be available. Some replies to Valve’s tweet supply up workarounds (although few, if any, supply DisplayPort, just like the Deck dock will). And whereas I haven’t personally tried the Steam Deck with a USB-C hub, most of those fashions listed on Amazon ought to do the trick. Simply search for one thing that has HDMI output and may present a minimum of 45W of USB-C passthrough energy for the Deck, which is a reasonably low bar as of late.