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Valve delays Steam Deck, now starts shipping February 2022

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Valve has announced today that their hotly anticipated handheld, the Steam Deck, has been delayed until 2022.

Sadly, every company making computing hardware has been facing component shortages and various shipping delays and it seems that Valve has been unable to get around it. They said "The launch of Steam Deck will be delayed by two months. We’re 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.".

So now, instead of December 2021 the first set of order invitations will go out to customers in February 2022. That is the new starting point, with everyone being shifted (ours is now saying Q2 2022).

Valve apologised and mentioned they will "continue working to improve reservation dates based on the new timeline, and will keep folks updated as we go".

While it's a huge shame, there is a positive side to this. A delay gives Valve plenty more time to get Steam Play Proton into a state where it can run even more games, and run them with good performance too. It's been a struggle for some multiplayer games with the various anti-cheat systems, even with the recent announcements for Easy Anti-Cheat and BattlEye, not many developers are willing to confirm their support for it just yet.

As before you can visit the Steam Deck page to see when yours will hopefully be available.

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Holzkohlen 10 Nov, 2021
More time (if not much) to work on the software side of things, which is more important than the hardware IMHO, especially since it will be running linux and customers expect their games to just work.
mphuZ 10 Nov, 2021
The worst thing about this is that the release of the software stack (OS, big picture, anti-cheat, etc.) will also be delayed, although it has nothing to do with deliveries

Damn, Valve, do not take away from your customers at least a Big Picture and SteamOS!!!
elmapul 10 Nov, 2021
omg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
Solitary 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: elmapulomg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
People who managed to get december date probably didn't buy it by accident and to cancel it afterwards. If they cancel it because of that then I say more and sooner for the rest of us down the line.
WorMzy 10 Nov, 2021
Eh, it was either going to be delayed due to shortages or Valve time. At least the former is likely to resolve itself. :P
Shmerl 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: ArehandoroDon't worry, it is not March, nor 2023, but 02/2022 so Valve will definitely release the Steam Deck :D

Yeah, my first reaction was it's like a one year delay, but then I realized it's just a few months away.
Salvatos 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: elmapulomg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
1. Nobody was going to decide to buy it this holiday season and get it before next year anyway; the reservations were already booked months ago.
2. If anyone expected to have it delivered before Christmas, they were delusional to begin with. Valve’s original plan was to start taking actual orders from the reservations and shipping them sometime in December, and we all know that global shipping is fucked at the moment, not to mention the usual end-of-year congestion. Basically, if that was their plan, lucky for them that they found out a month early that it was definitely not going to happen.
elmapul 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: Solitary
Quoting: elmapulomg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
People who managed to get december date probably didn't buy it by accident and to cancel it afterwards. If they cancel it because of that then I say more and sooner for the rest of us down the line.
fair enough, i just think we cant afford to lose sales, its the do it or die moment for linux gaming.

on the other hand, the less people who nuke steamOS from it to install windows because an certain game didnt worked, the better.
i think they delayed because they realized proton was not ready for the prime time, it still need more games , hopefully they wont delay it again and this will have more positive side effects than negative.
elmapul 10 Nov, 2021
Quoting: Salvatos
Quoting: elmapulomg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
1. Nobody was going to decide to buy it this holiday season and get it before next year anyway; the reservations were already booked months ago.
2. If anyone expected to have it delivered before Christmas, they were delusional to begin with. Valve’s original plan was to start taking actual orders from the reservations and shipping them sometime in December, and we all know that global shipping is fucked at the moment, not to mention the usual end-of-year congestion. Basically, if that was their plan, lucky for them that they found out a month early that it was definitely not going to happen.

sometimes i forget that other countries are unlike Brasil, they dont buy stuff at the last minute...
Solitary 11 Nov, 2021
Quoting: elmapul
Quoting: Solitary
Quoting: elmapulomg, they will miss the christmas! this is a HUGE deal, most of the sales happen in christmas!
source:
https://www.vgchartz.com/tools/hw_date.php

i hope not many people cancel their pre order because they were planing to give it to someone else as christmas present, and cant anymore!
People who managed to get december date probably didn't buy it by accident and to cancel it afterwards. If they cancel it because of that then I say more and sooner for the rest of us down the line.
fair enough, i just think we cant afford to lose sales, its the do it or die moment for linux gaming.

on the other hand, the less people who nuke steamOS from it to install windows because an certain game didnt worked, the better.
i think they delayed because they realized proton was not ready for the prime time, it still need more games , hopefully they wont delay it again and this will have more positive side effects than negative.

I really wouldn't worry about cancelled orders, if those happen they won't make a dent. There is so much more people at the end of the queue. It shouldn't matter if this product is suppose to be even remotely successful. If few people canceling would be an issue then the whole Deck has bigger problems already. Once it's out and the reviews are favorable (as the teasers and generally reports from people who had the chance to try one) suggest, people will start ordering them more freely.


Last edited by Solitary on 11 November 2021 at 12:22 am UTC
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