If you were looking forward to unboxing your brand new handheld console/pc from Valve this Christmas we are sorry to say that the holiday has lost its steam (deck).
The first shipments of the device were due to head out in December, but have reportedly now been shifted to February 2022 instead. If you are in that pre-order queue you will hold your position but the wait will be significantly longer.
Valve has launched a specific Twitter account with the handle @ondeck that promises production updates and posts from developers.
This is @ondeck, the official Steam Deck Twitter account. We'll be sharing production updates, posts from developers who have dev kits out in the world, and videos of games that the Steam Deck team has been playing. Let us know what games you’d like to see on Deck! pic.twitter.com/IhS0fM1NHL— Steam Deck (@OnDeck) October 14, 2021
It’s via this feed that they announced that the product would be delayed by two months stating that
“We are sorry about this-we did our best to work around the global supply chain issues, but due to material shortages, components aren’t reaching our manufacturing facilities in time for us to meet our initial launch dates”.
It’s a disappointing but not overly surprising result for pre-orders as we’ve seen similar issues with the supply of Sony’s PS5 console and Microsoft Xbox Series X/S for the last year since the initial release.
For all the latest on the delay, you can go to https://store.steampowered.com/steamdeck
About Steam Deck
The Steam Deck when launched will come in three options like 64GB, 256GB and 512GB each one with price increases and various other enhancements like the premium anti-glare etched glass on the top model.
You’ll be able to play most of the games in your Steam library with a compatibility rating from Verified to Playable and Unsupported or Unknown. The lists of games are being displayed on the official Website and are being added regularly as compatibility changes.
Shipping starts in February 2022 to the US, Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom with no word yet on when we’ll see the powerful handheld PC/Console hybrid in Australia.
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