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How to buy the Steam Deck OLED in Australia

Kogan and Dick Smith are already taking orders for the Steam Deck OLED in Australia. 

Fergus Halliday
Mar 12, 2024
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What is the Steam Deck OLED?

The Steam Deck still hasn't come to Australia, but Valve's venture into the world of handheld has been a smash hit overseas. Now, the developer behind Steam is gearing up to launch a mid-cycle update in the form of the new Steam Deck OLED.

As with the first-generation Steam Deck though, 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 catalogue of playable titles.

As the name might suggest, the most important upgrade here is an OLED display. At 7.4 inches, that display is slightly larger than the one found in its predecessor. It's also got HDR support and a 90Hz refresh rate, which round out the ambient benefits that come with using an OLED display instead of an LCD one.

Under the hood, the Steam Deck OLED isn't a huge departure from the previous model, however. It starts at a larger 512GB of storage. Otherwise, it's powered by the same custom AMD Zen 2 processor plus 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory.

Other differences here include support for Bluetooth 5.3, WiFi 6E and a larger battery. 

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How to buy a Steam Deck OLED in Australia

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Like the first Steam Deck, the new Steam Deck OLED can only be found through online Australian resellers like Kogan, Amazon, Catch and Dick Smith. It's also available through the online storefronts of both Big W and Woolworths.

In addition to the premium you're looking at paying relative to the overseas pricing for the device, it should be noted that buying one of these grey market imports means forgoing the safety net of a manufacturers warranty. Should all go to plan, there's probably nothing to worry about. However, if anything goes wrong, the lack of an Australian charger might be the least of your worries.

What's more, I wouldn't hold your breath if you're still waiting for the Steam Deck and Steam Deck OLED to turn up in your local JB HiFi or EB Games anytime soon.

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 and the original Steam Deck didn't get a local launch at all.

If you don't want to wait, your best option is to simply purchase it through a site like Kogan. If you want the best price that this particular reseller has to offer,  you will need to be signed up to Kogan First. Fortunately, there's a 14-day free trial if you only need it for purchasing the Steam Deck.

Steam Deck OLED Australian prices

Right now, the price of picking up the Steam Deck OLED in Australia starts at roughly $1179. 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
$1199
512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$1154
1TB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$1349
1TB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM
From
$1313

Steam Deck OLED release date

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The Valve Steam Deck OLED went on sale in November 2023 in overseas markets. However, as of March 2024, there's no been no movement or word on whether or when the gaming handheld might make its way to Australia in any official capacity.

Steam Deck OLED vs Nintendo Switch OLED

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When it comes to the specs involved, the Steam Deck OLED has a number of technical advantages over both the original Valve-made handheld and the Nintendo Switch OLED.

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

Steam Deck OLED
Steam Deck
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch (OLED)
Nintendo Switch Lite
Display7.4-inch OLED display7-inch LCD display6.2-inch LCD display7-inch OLED display5.5-inch LCD display
ProcessorAMD Zen 2AMD Zen 2Nvidia Tegra X1Nvidia Tegra X1Nvidia Tegra X1
Memory16GB16GB4GB4GB4GB
Storage512GB / 1TB SSD128GB / 256GB / 512 GB SSD32GB64GB32GB
PortsUSB Type-C port, Headphone jackUSB Type-C port, Headphone jackUSB Type-C port, Headphone jackUSB Type-C port, Headphone jackUSB Type-C port, Headphone jack
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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