The Steam Deck has seen several price changes this year. It was initially offered at $359 in both March and June during the Summer Sales event. Now, nearly three months later, Valve is once more lowering the cost of their AMD-powered console to that same appealing price point.
When it was first introduced, the Steam Deck had three distinct pricing tiers: $399 for the 64GB model, $529 for the 256GB version, and $649 for the 512GB variant. To mark Steam’s 20th anniversary, the prices of the Deck are now reduced to $359.10, $449.96, and $519.20 for those respective models, offering discounts of 10%, 15%, and 20%.
Some may contend that a logical approach would be to either permanently lower the price or apply consistent percentage-based discounts across the entire range during promotional events, but this isn’t the current strategy.
It’s important to highlight that the Steam Deck faces limited competition in the $300-$400 handheld gaming market. While premium Windows-based handhelds like the ROG Ally and the upcoming Lenovo Legion offer more powerful AMD hardware, they come with considerably higher price tags. Although the appeal of the Steam Deck’s 512GB version might have diminished somewhat, the $359 option is likely to remain popular. There may be changes in the market with ASUS’s release of the Ryzen Z1 non-Extreme model expected to be priced at $599, but this still notably exceeds the Steam Deck’s price.
Nevertheless, the Steam Deck is anticipated to continue being a top choice for handheld gaming, especially considering its frequent promotions on the Steam platform, which occur every 3–4 months.