Valve’s Steam Deck has won Best Gaming Hardware 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 garnered high demand. However, due to supply chain issues, Valve required reservations and implemented an online queue. Despite the manufacturing limitations, the Steam Deck reached one million units shipped in early October. In the same week, Valve announced that the Steam Deck was available with no reservation, along with its official docking station.
Streamed live on Twitch, the Golden Joystick Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary and recognized winners across 21 categories. In Best Gaming Hardware, six nominees vied for the award:
- Steam Deck
- Analogue Pocket
- Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
- Roccat Kone XP
- WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5
The segment on Best Gaming Hardware begins at 1:17:20 in 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 large margin. Backbone One: PlayStation Edition placed second with 10% of votes, and the WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PlayStation 5 placed third with 9% of votes.
Since its launch, the Steam Deck has received numerous updates and improvements, including a UI revamp for Big Picture mode. Last month, a beta update allowed users to view the model and manufacturer of the Steam Deck’s components. The additional transparency provides the necessary information in case parts of the Steam Deck require repair or replacement.
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, listing his own PC’s components manufactured by different companies as an example. “It’s that interoperability, that compatibility, that openness that really enables products like Steam Deck,” Newell said.
Newell also stated that he was impacted 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, driving the entire industry forward, products like Steam Deck wouldn’t be possible, so in addition, I’d really like to accept this award on behalf of the gaming community,” Newell said, concluding his speech.
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