The Steam Deck is one of those rare gaming devices that changes the way you play games, but Valve’s handheld gaming PCs can get fairly pricey–at least in comparison to other dedicated handhelds like the Nintendo Switch. Luckily, Valve is now selling authorized refurbished models online through Steam and in-store at select GameStop locations .
The refurbished models are discounted by up to 20% compared to buying a new Steam Deck at full price, which brings the basic 64GB Steam Deck down to $319 (normally $399), the 256GB model to $419 (normally $529), and the high-end 512GB model with the anti-glare screen to $519 (normally $649).
Some customers may be apprehensive about buying a preowned Steam Deck, but the refurbishment process should ensure they look, feel, and perform as close to brand-new as possible, and the discount is good enough to warrant consideration if you’re planning to buy Valve’s handled.
While the discounted price is sure to get more folks interested in the Steam Deck, the announcement that refurbished models are now available at GameStop stores is arguably the bigger news.
Until now, the Steam Deck was not available at any retail store, which seems odd for a gaming device with a wide potential appeal, even to non-PC gamers. Being able to walk into a nearby GameStop and grab an authorized refurb model for less money than buying online and without needing to wait up to two weeks for shipping is an enticing offer for anyone already interested in the Steam Deck, and could also help expose the handheld to more casual customers. The only caveat is you must be a GameStop Pro subscriber in order to buy the Steam Deck, and only certain stores will carry them–though you can check for nearby locations on GameStop’s website.
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