Valve's Portable PC Steam Deck Delayed

Valve’s Portable Steam Deck Delayed

Valve’s Steam Deck platform was already a long way away for most buyers and now it is even further away. The company announced that the Steam Deck won’t be coming until February 2022 at the very earliest.

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Valve briefly explained the delay on Steam. Material shortages and global supply chain issues were cited as the main issues, which is likely the case with other electronics. Those who have already pre-purchased a Steam Deck will get an email notifying them of their new estimate.

Valve also went more into depth on issue on the Steam Deck FAQ, once again apologizing for the delay and talking all the processes needed to make and ship out hardware during a pandemic.

“While we did our best to account for the global supply chain issues (by which we mean we factored in extra time to account for these risks and worked with multiple component vendors), our manufacturing plans were still impacted. Material shortages and delays meant that components weren’t making it to our manufacturing facilities on time. Missing parts along with logistical challenges means delayed Steam Decks, so we needed to push out shipping by two months to February. We’ll continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep folks updated as we go.”

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The site now states Q2 2022 as the release window for anyone reserving one now. However, with continuing shortages, that might be a generous estimate.

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