Valve’s Steam Deck is already one of the most affordable (and certainly one of the most popular) handheld gaming PCs, with prices starting at $399 for an entry-level model and going up to $649 for a top-of-the-line configuration.

Now handheld gamers on a budge have even cheaper options soon: Valve is now selling refurbished Steam Deck systems for discounted prices.

The news broke a little earlier today when product pages went live a little early, but now Valve had officially begun selling certified, refurbished devices.

Valve says each refurbished Steam Deck has the same 1-year warranty as a new model. The company says all units have been factory reset and tested to ensure they “meet or even exceed the performance standards of new retail units,” and have had battery health tested. But there may be some “minor cosmetic blemishes,” which helps explain why they’re cheaper than new models.

The only catch is that supplies are limited, and expected to come in and out of stock depending on how often the company receives returns that can be refurbished.

Here’s how much the refurbished models are selling for:

ModelPrice (refurb)Price (new)Savings
Steam Deck 64GB$319$399$80
Steam Deck 256GB$419$529$110
Steam Deck 512GB$519$649$130
@W00t000

Those discounts are roughly 20% off for all models, and would match or beat the lowest prices Valve has offered to date on Steam Deck hardware.

During the Steam Summer Sale in June and July you could pick up a Steam Deck with 512GB of storage for $519, but prices for the 64GB and 256GB models were $359 and $449, respectively.

via PC Gamer, Gizmodo, @thexpaw, @W00t000, and @Wario64

This article was first published when the product listings were leaked, and has since been updated to note that Valve had officially begun selling refurbished Steam Deck systems.

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  1. Ooooh! Will the flash sales they occasionally have on their hardware also extend to the refurbs? That would mean an under $300 Steam Deck could be in the cards for the future. Maybe by this Black Friday/Christmas…

  2. This is a very reasonable price. This means you can get a Steam Deck with a 1TB SSD for under $400 total. Buy the refurb 64gb model for $319, and you can get a 1TB SSD for under $80.

  3. This model for managing the life of the product, its components and accessories is exemplary and unprecedented in the history of consoles.

    As a customer with 30 years’ experience in consoles (Nintendo, Sega, Nokia, Nvidia, OEM, etc.), I am amazed by this company’s responsible and innovative approach.

    I agree 100% with this cycle management, moreover it lowers the second-hand value of the Steam Deck to that of the closed and proprietary Nintendo and Ambernic consoles, which will increase the dynamic around the Steam Deck.

    This announcement is a very good omen and raises the possibility that my Steam Deck will mature from my hands or from Valve’s workshops during a hardware upgrate.

  4. I don’t get the allure.

    Most here will live to see ubiquitous computing, essentially mandatory chipping via ubiquitous biometrics.

    Considering this fact, my question is why would anyone waste their money on a frivolous device like a Steam Deck? Isn’t it already enough to carry around phone devices with AirTag dog collar technologies, why have another device when it will simply be forced on you? Is life become that bad to have people wanting to be gaming on the go, carrying around another stupid device.

    1. You’re assuming that I didn’t throw my smartphone away when I bought a Steam Deck? Thanks for coming out.

    2. The allure is…it frees you ubiquitous computing. The steam deck IS an open device.

      The Steam Deck has been misunderstood since it was announced. The truth is…it’s a middle finger to Mafiasoft…nothing more.

      Steven

  5. Those prices don’t look very tempting to me, not because they aren’t good, but because the base prices on steam decks are already so aggressively low. That might not be a relative bargain, but it’s hardly a ripoff as another poster put it given the context.

    Still the markdown doesn’t quite compensate for the refurb risk in my book, better to just get the new one. But I guess if you really, really, really trust valve, and they’ve earned it more than most, maybe.

    1. The warranty for refurbs is supposed to be the exact same as normal retail units. I don’t think that say, EU consumer law care if you buy it refurb or straight from factory, you get the same protections as a consumer.

      So, I think it’s ok really, Valve can’t really fuck you over even if they wanted to.

  6. every other company would destroy them to get more sales on new units, valve seems to still put lots of money into the growing handheld pc market.