Valve’s docking station for its handheld gaming console Steam Deck gets a major upgrade ahead of its release this late spring.
The accompanying Docking Station promised by Valve was nowhere to be seen when the Steam Deck was released. Even now, over two months after its release, you can’t buy the attachment or even join another lengthy queue by pre-ordering one.
But, well, perhaps the delay isn’t such a bad thing after all. We can get a hold of the Valve’s docking station soon as the company promises to start shipping it in “late spring.” And the company’s latest update to the Steam Deck specifications page confirms that we’re receiving a better docking station than we had anticipated.
An update to the Steam Deck dock’s specifications, as discovered by Review Geek, exposes some minor but significant modifications. Previously, the docking station housed a single USB 3.1 port and two USB 2.0 ports, but now all three inputs are USB 3.1. This is a considerable advance over USB 2.0, which can only carry data at a speed of 480 Mbps, whereas USB 3.1 can transfer data at a whopping 5 Gbps.
Furthermore, Valve says that Steam Deck’s dock supports Gigabit Ethernet, which suggests that individuals with fast home internet should have minimal lags. The dock also houses a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, HDMI 2.0, and a USB-C cable that connects to the Steam Deck, as previously stated by Valve.
Despite all the latest info on the upgraded specs, the Docking Station’s pricing is currently unknown.