Valve’s Steam Deck has won the Best Gaming Hardware award at the 40th Annual Golden Joystick Awards. The Steam Deck competed against five other nominees for the award, but won by a landslide in public votes.
Since its initial launch in February, the Steam Deck has impressed gamers with its versatility and high demand. However, due to supply chain issues, Valve required reservations and implemented an online queue. Despite the production restrictions, the Steam Deck reached one million units shipped in early October. The same week, Valve announced that the Steam Deck was available without pre-order along with the official docking station.
The Golden Joystick Awards, streamed live on Twitch, celebrated their 40th anniversary and recognized winners in 21 categories. Six nominees competed for the award in Best Gaming Hardware:
- Steam deck
- Analog pocket
- Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
- Rockcat Kone XP
- WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5
The best gaming hardware segment begins at 1:17:20 on the Twitch stream. Co-host Troy Baker revealed the Steam Deck as the winner. The Steam Deck received 65% of the public vote, crushing others in the category by a wide margin. Backbone One: PlayStation Edition came in second with 10% of the vote and the WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PlayStation 5 came in third with 9% of the vote.
Since its launch, the Steam Deck has received numerous updates and improvements, including a revamped UI for the Big Picture mode. Last month, a beta update allowed users to view the model and manufacturer of the Steam Deck’s components. The extra transparency provides the necessary information in case parts of the Steam Deck need to be repaired or replaced.
In a minute-long video shared on Twitter, Valve President and co-founder Gabe Newell thanked the gaming community for the Best Gaming Hardware Award. Newell noted that hardware interoperability is essential, citing the components of his own PC manufactured by different companies as an example. “It’s that interoperability, that compatibility, that openness that really makes products like Steam Deck possible,” Newell said.
Newell also stated that he was influenced by the speech of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida, also known as Yoshi-P, who emphasized the importance of community. “If we didn’t have that gaming community behind us, moving the entire industry forward, products like Steam Deck wouldn’t be possible, so in addition, I’d be very happy to accept this award on behalf of the gaming community,” Newell said. conclusion of his speech.
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