Buying a Steam Deck in Australia: price, stockists and how to order

Photo of Steam Deck handheld console
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If you're looking to buy a Steam Deck in Australia then you may already know that it's not possible to buy from Valve directly. If you didn't, then spoiler alert! But, that doesn't mean it's impossible. We've taken a look at the ways you can buy a Steam Deck in Australia, and listed them below. 

For the uninitiated, the Valve Steam Deck is a handheld games console that was released to critical acclaim in the US on February 25, 2022. Back then, it was only released in the US, UK, Canada and the European Union. Sadly, no Australian launch date was revealed.

And now, over a year since launch, the Steam Deck still isn’t available to buy in Australia directly from Valve, leaving keen gamers Down Under having to sit, wait and wish for an update.

Fortunately, despite Valve not offering it directly, there are now a few ways you can get your hands on the Steam Deck, which we'll explain in this article

Steam Deck: Where to buy one in Australia

In our opinion, the easiest and safest way to get your hands on a Steam Deck in Australia is to buy one from the likes of Kogan, Dick Smith or Amazon. These local retailers have all imported stock, so you can be safe in the knowledge that you will indeed get a genuine console. 

While Kogan and Dick Smith in particular do clearly state it’s an international import, they both ship the Valve Steam Deck directly from their warehouses. Perhaps more crucially, they also include a warranty and you can choose to extend this to three or five years for an additional cost. 

Customer reviews appear to paint a positive picture too, with some claiming they received their Steam Deck within a week and that the whole ordering and delivery process can be trusted. 

The same applies if you want to try your luck on eBay. The massive online marketplace isn't the first place we'd recommend buying a Steam Deck from, but if you do find listings from reputable Australian sellers then you will be protected by Australian Consumer Law. 

Steam Deck: Pricing & availability in Australia

Person holding a Steam Deck in their hands playing a game on it

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Because there’s no official Australian pricing and resellers know that the console is in demand, they’re free to charge pretty much whatever they want. 

We should point out that Kogan and Dick Smith do host multiple listings for the Steam Deck, some of which are from third-party resellers. Direct listings from Kogan and Dick Smith will offer First Member pricing and will state it’s a direct import in the product description. You can also check which retailer is selling it in the shipping information box on a product listing. 

As for pricing, both Kogan and Dick Smith charge more than the direct conversion, but not excessively so. And, considering they’re legitimate sources and include a warranty (not to mention the fact there’s no real other way to get a Steam Deck Down Under) we’d argue the pricing is fair. 

In the US, the Steam Deck starts at $399 for the 64GB model and rises to $649 for the 512GB model. If US pricing was converted directly to Australian dollars, this is what you would expect to pay for a Valve Steam Deck (conversion correct at time of writing):

  • 64GB ($399): around AU$589
  • 256GB ($529): around AU$781
  • 512GB ($649): around AU$958

Because of the not-so-straightforward way for Australians to buy a Steam Deck, those who do want one should expect to pay more than the figures listed above. 

You could pay the direct conversion, but to do so would mean you needing to use one of the best VPNs to visit the US Steam Deck order page, and place an order with a pre-paid virtual credit card, and having one shipped via. US freight-forwarding service.

Steam Deck: Specs and configuration in Australia

Valve's Steam Deck is sold in three different storage configurations, and while each model's specs are mostly the same, there are a few key differences to take note of. Specifically, the 64GB model tends to be lesser-specced in more areas than just storage compared to the other two models. 

The 64GB entry-level model uses eMMC storage, as opposed to the SSD storage found on the 256GB and 512GB models. The reason for this is that eMMC storage is said to be faster than SSD when the storage amount is small, while SSD performs better over larger storage sizes. If you do need more storage, you're able to expand it via a microSD card.

Elsewhere, all three models are the same. They're all powered by an AMD Zen 2 CPU, with an RDNA 2 APU for integrated graphics. You also get the same 7-inch LCD display (1280 x 800) across all models, but the 512GB model gets the added benefit of an anti-glare etched glass.

Full specs and configurations of all three Valve Steam Deck models can be found below. 

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Row 0 - Cell 1 Row 0 - Cell 2
CPU/GPUAMD Zen 2 + RDNA 2 APU4-core, 8-thread with 8 RDNA 2 compute units for GPU
RAM16GB LPDDR5Row 2 - Cell 2
Screen7-inch 1280x800 LCD Display512GB model to include anti-glare etched glass
Battery40-watt hour7-8 hours for 2D games/web browsing
ConnectivityBluetooth, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jackRow 5 - Cell 2
Storage64GB; 256GB; 512GB256GB and 512GB models will use faster NVMe SSD storage. 64GB will use eMMC.
ExpansionMicro SD Card slotRow 7 - Cell 2
OtherBuilt-in microphone, ambient light sensorRow 8 - Cell 2
Max Langridge
Staff Writer

Max is a senior staff writer for TechRadar who covers home entertainment and audio first, NBN second and virtually anything else that falls under the consumer electronics umbrella third. He's also a bit of an ecommerce fiend, particularly when it comes to finding the latest coupon codes for a variety of retailers. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Max spent a combined five years writing for What Hi-Fi? and Pocket-lint, before moving to Australia in 2018. After a brief stint writing for men’s lifestyle publications, Max is back to working on his first passion of technology.