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Valve is now selling refurbished Steam Decks

Not quite as new, but equally as functional as a Steam Deck fresh from the assembly line.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

August 8, 2023

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Promo image for Valve's Steam Deck handheld showing the device booting up.

Valve is releasing a new type of Steam Deck: refurbished units.

Starting today, the publisher is selling handhelds that have been returned by earlier customers. Each one was certifiably tested to "to the same high standards as our retail units." Valve claims that over 100 tests were conducted for each refurbished Deck, including internal systems, controller input, and audio. 

Not everyone can afford a new system right away, so a pre-owned machine is an easier sell for many folks, outside of waiting for a price drop. And secondhand consoles, regardless of how they're acquired, can help to sustain a system's lifecycle and bring in new players.

A less expensive Steam Deck

Due to being pre-owned, refurbished Steam Decks will also be slightly cheaper compared to a wholly new handheld. The refurbished 64 GB Deck is $319 (compared to $399 for the new version), $419 for the 256 GB (from $529), and $519 for the 512 GB (from $649). 

Despite some "cosmetic blemishes," the developer stated that each refurbished unit "meets or even exceeds the performance standards of new retail units." Like wholly new Steam Decks, these handhelds will have a standard one-year warranty, carrying case, and start guide. 

Valve noted that its supply of the refurbished Steam Decks is limited, as it selects handhelds based on customer returns that meet up to its "rigorous criteria." That said, it confirmed its refurbished Decks are entirely separate from those currently being sold at GameStop retailers.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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