Grab a 512 GB original Steam Deck for less than the 256 GB version thanks to Valve's 15% off sale

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Steam Deck (original) | 512 GB SSD | $449 $381.64 at Steam (save $67.35)

Steam Deck (original) | 512 GB SSD | $449 $381.64 at Steam (save $67.35)
The OLED refresh might be the best Steam Deck to get but the original version is still a great mobile gaming PC experience. It's just as powerful as the most recent model so it's not like you're missing out in terms of performance.

What more can be said about Valve's Steam Deck that hasn't already been covered? I suppose one can point out that it wasn't the first handheld gaming PC and that it's not the most powerful one you can buy, either. But none of that actually matters, because what the Steam Deck offers over the competition, and by a country mile, is a comprehensive and complete experience.

 Valve's ecosystem for the Steam Deck puts other handheld gaming PCs to shame—the enormous library of games that have been checked for compatibility and the work Valve has done in making the Linux-based operating system manage Windows-based games so well have yet to be matched by Asus, Lenovo, MSI, and others.

Beneath the 7-inch 1280 x 800 LCD screen lies the heart of the Steam Deck, a little 15 W APU made by AMD. With just four cores, eight threads, and a 3.5 GHz boost clock, you'd think it would be rubbish but it's anything but. Even the handful of RDNA 2 shaders cope far better than you'd imagine.

When it first launched in 2022, the best one to get was the 256 GB model, as you could replace the NVMe drive inside it with a much larger and faster gaming SSD. But with a price of $529, it wasn't especially cheap and it lacked the extra fancy etched glass screen of the 512 GB model.

With the launch of the refreshed OLED Steam Deck, that price was dropped and right now, Valve is selling its last stocks of 64 GB and 512 GB models with a 15% reduction until July 11. And it's the latter that gets our vote, partly because it has the best display of all the original Steam Decks, but mostly because it's actually cheaper than the 256 GB model.

Yes, that's right—you can get a 512 GB Steam Deck for just under $382. That's an absurdly low price and it's well worth every single cent.

But what games to get with it? How about Hades, one of the best roguelike action RPGs ever made? Baldur's Gate 3 is another RPG that's a must-have for Deck owners (or anyone, for that matter). Vampire Survivors would get my vote too. Your biggest problem isn't one of choice, as the Steam Deck will run more games than you could possibly want.

It's just that you'll need bags of storage space to store them all. There again, 512 GB is a pretty decent amount to get started with. Perhaps the biggest problem is the fact that eventually, Valve's stocks of the original Steam Deck will run dry, and then you'll rue the day you passed on a deal like this one.

Nick Evanson
Hardware Writer

Nick, gaming, and computers all first met in 1981, with the love affair starting on a Sinclair ZX81 in kit form and a book on ZX Basic. He ended up becoming a physics and IT teacher, but by the late 1990s decided it was time to cut his teeth writing for a long defunct UK tech site. He went on to do the same at Madonion, helping to write the help files for 3DMark and PCMark. After a short stint working at, Nick joined Futuremark (MadOnion rebranded) full-time, as editor-in-chief for its gaming and hardware section, YouGamers. After the site shutdown, he became an engineering and computing lecturer for many years, but missed the writing bug. Cue four years at and over 100 long articles on anything and everything. He freely admits to being far too obsessed with GPUs and open world grindy RPGs, but who isn't these days?