Buying a Steam Deck in Australia is now much easier

Kogan and Amazon are both selling the Steam Deck in Australia. 

Steam Deck 256GB SSD
Starts at
$899.95
Storage
256GB SSD
RAM
16GB
Steam Deck
Steam Deck 64GB
Starts at
$796.95
Storage
64GB
RAM
16GB
Steam Deck
Steam Deck 512GB
Starts at
$1279
Storage
512GB
RAM
16GB
Fergus Halliday
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February 01, 2023
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What is the Steam Deck?

The Steam Deck is Valve’s latest venture into the world of consumer electronics hardware. The device is a portable PC with a handheld form-factor that promises to leverage powerful specs and the enormous library of games that are available on the Steam online store

Under the hood, the Steam Deck is powered by a custom AMD Zen 2 processor, 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory and up to 512 GB of SSD storage. The big picture appeal here is an on-the-go gaming experience with fewer compromises than Nintendo Switch has, plus a much bigger and better catalog of playable titles.

At launch, the Steam Deck proved incredibly difficult for Australians to purchase but late in 2022, various online retailers began stocking it, making it much easier to purchase locally. 

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How to buy a Steam Deck in Australia

Steam Deck games library

As mentioned above, the Steam Deck is now available to purchase through various Australian retailers online but it still hasn't appeared in brick-and-mortar stores, like JB HI-FI or EB Games.

At one point in time, Valve’s Steam Link streaming box and the accompanying Steam Controller were readily available and sold in Australia via an alliance with EB Games.

That precedent, along with enduring dominance of EB Games as the go-to gaming retailer for many Australian communities, is one reason to hope that Valve might look at another team-up when it comes to launching the Steam Deck in Australi sofficially.

That said, local availability for Valve products in Australia has been notoriously unpredictable in the past. For example, Valve’s Index VR headset didn’t arrive in Australia until two years after it launched elsewhere.

For now, your best option is to simply purchase it through Amazon and Kogan. Both websites offer fast, free shipping on various models. Kogan currently has the better deals but you need to be signed up to Kogan First if you want the considerable discounts listed below (there's a 14-day free trial if you only need it for purchasing the Steam Deck). 

Steam Deck Australian prices

The Steam Deck starts at roughly $900 in Australia. See below for a list of Steam Deck deals currently available through Australian retailers.
Model
Details
Price
More info
512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$1476
64GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$796.95
256GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$899.95
512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$1279

Steam Deck release date

Steam Deck TV dock

The Valve Steam Deck officially released in the US, Canada and Europe on the 25th of February 2022, and in Japan later that year on the 17th of December. The Steam Deck may have not recieved an official release in Australia but as of January 2022, it is available for purchase through retailers such as Amazon Australia and Kogan.

Steam Deck vs Nintendo Switch

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When it comes to the specs involved, the Steam Deck has a number of technical advantages over the handheld it’s most likely to be compared against: the Nintendo Switch.

Check out the table below for a breakdown of how the display and processing specs on the Steam Deck compare to those of the three Nintendo Switch handhelds currently on the market.

Steam Deck
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch (OLED)
Nintendo Switch Lite
Display7-inch LCD display6.2-inch LCD display7-inch OLED display5.5-inch LCD display
ProcessorAMD Zen 2Nvidia Tegra X1Nvidia Tegra X1Nvidia Tegra X1
Memory16GB4GB4GB4GB
Storage128GB / 256GB / 512 GB SSD32GB64GB32GB
Ports"USB Type-C port, Headphone jack""USB Type-C port, Headphone jack""USB Type-C port, Headphone jack""USB Type-C port, Headphone jack"
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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