Steamworks Documentation
Steam Deck Developer Kits
We are allocating a portion of our EV2 (engineering verification test build) units for partners to test their titles.

Some quick notes:
  • Functionally, these units are identical to the Steam Decks that will be shipping to customers later this year.
  • Cosmetically these units will differ a bit from the shipping product, but this shouldn’t impact testing.
  • Software is still in the works, and developer kits will receive updates periodically leading up to launch.

We're thrilled to announce that Steam Deck dev kits are ready to ship, and we've opened up the Steam Deck Dev Kit request form. As a Steam developer, you can go to the hardware request form to request a Steam Deck Dev Kit. Fill out the form and be sure to read through the agreement and dev kit guidelines.

Dev kit supplies are limited, so we'll be reviewing requests via the online form on a case by case basis and will be shipping them out as quickly as possible.

Notes for developers receiving dev-kits
  • Your kit may arrive with little / no power – if that’s the case you’ll need to plug it in so it can get some charge and boot up.
  • Speaking of power, all of our dev-kits come with a US plug type 45W power supply. This means that if you’re outside of the USA, you’ll most likely need a travel adapter to charge and use your dev-kit. (We can’t guarantee it’ll charge with anything other than the included power supply at this stage)
  • To connect your development PC to your Steam Deck, you’ll need the SteamOS Devkit Client software from Steam. You should have received a key from a Valve employee to get access. Learn how to use this software here: https://partner.steamgames.com/doc/steamdeck/devkits/loadgames

Media sharing policy
  • You are welcome to share photos, videos, and posts about Steam Deck Dev-Kit hardware so long as you keep it to your own title's gameplay.
  • Please don't share media of the SteamOS UI, as this software is still undergoing work ahead of launch.
  • In addition, please don't share media of other games on Deck as a courtesy to other game developers - unless you have express permission.
  • Finally, please do not share hardware with or talk to press about the Steam Deck dev-kit.

Note

Hardware and software are not yet final; freezes and crashes may occur. If your dev-kit has crashed, you may need to perform a hard reboot. Press and hold the power button until the light turns off to power off, then press the power button once to power it on.

Please report these issues on the forums if they are happening regularly so the team can address them.


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