The limited edition translucent Steam Deck OLED is a classic example of want versus need. I don’t need to spend $679 on a Steam Deck with a foggy, see-through shell. But I want to. I really want to.
Valve just announced the Steam Deck OLED, and I’ve spent the past week testing the standard 1 TB model for review. Valve did a fantastic job not only upgrading the screen to HDR OLED, but improving the battery life, the Wi-Fi, and a handful of little things. I’m particularly charmed by its new case within a case.
So, does every Steam Deck owner need to upgrade? Not really. And should someone with direct access to a new Steam Deck OLED even consider the limited edition? Absolutely not.
And yet. And yet!
The limited edition Steam Deck OLED is the exact same as the 1 TB model, barring its very obvious aesthetic improvements. Its carrying case will also have an “exclusive design printed on the inside.” I haven’t seen said design, so I won’t comment on its pizazz.
While the standard 1 TB Steam Deck OLED will sell for $649, the limited edition will have a $30 premium, bringing it to $679. If my brain ceased to respond to self-control, I could order one. The limited edition will only be available in the U.S. and Canada.
But I will resist. It’s the holiday season, and I need to save cash for presents and travel. Of course, I get that it’s technically a limited edition, meaning the supply isn’t endless. But, c’mon — after these sell out, something tells me Valve won’t say no to making money off a not-so-limited edition in the future. Here’s hoping the Steam Deck 2 is available in a translucent colorway.
The new Steam Deck OLEDs (and the limited edition) will be available to purchase on Steam on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. EST.