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Steam Deck launches February 25, weekly purchase invites planned

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The date a great many have no doubt be waiting for, Valve has today officially announced their Steam Deck handheld will launch officially on February 25.

It will go by the date each user put in their reservation of course, starting off with the first lucky few who managed to dodge Valve's server issues at the time. The first batch of order invitation emails go out on February 25, and each person has just 72 hours to make the actual purchase before it moves onto the next person in the queue.

As for shipping? Valve say the first lot will go out from February 28 and they plan to send out a weekly invitation for more people to place an order. That actually sounds pretty awesome, so hopefully it will move along reasonably quickly, it certainly sounds like it.

Valve has also confirmed they're arranging for review units to go out to press sites, so keep an eye out for your favourite sites to get their own hands-on time. Additionally, before the release on February 25 we will also see some preview impressions but they didn't say who would be doing it.

Some very exciting times ahead.

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Quoting: ArehandoroLast night I dreamed that I was the first customer to receive the console, but somehow felt small, light and with a tiny screen. I mustn't read GOL before going to sleep xD
You had the deck dream? Do you know what this means?
Salvatos 27 Jan
A quick note from the reservations page for the people comparing availability times and how long it took them to order:
Quotethe reservation queue and expected order availability times are specific to each region.

As for me, I’m kind of hoping my slot comes up later than sooner. Still on the fence about how much I want one and would love to see more videos of people using it for things other than gaming to help make up my mind about that price tag.
slaapliedje 28 Jan
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Quoting: SalvatosA quick note from the reservations page for the people comparing availability times and how long it took them to order:
Quotethe reservation queue and expected order availability times are specific to each region.

As for me, I’m kind of hoping my slot comes up later than sooner. Still on the fence about how much I want one and would love to see more videos of people using it for things other than gaming to help make up my mind about that price tag.
The fun thing is to look at the prices of similar devices. They all float around the 1000 range, and have essentially an Xbox controller layout, instead of the rather impressive controller inputs of the Deck. Also, they run Windows...

I have a GPD Win 2 and I would use it more if 1) it ran Linux better. 2) didn't have the battery life of a gaming laptop....
Quoting: ArehandoroLast night I dreamed that I was the first customer to receive the console, but somehow felt small, light and with a tiny screen. I mustn't read GOL before going to sleep xD
No no, see, that was the Dream Deck. Totally different console, but it's easy to see how they might be confused…
ShabbyX 28 Jan
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: ArehandoroLast night I dreamed that I was the first customer to receive the console, but somehow felt small, light and with a tiny screen. I mustn't read GOL before going to sleep xD
No no, see, that was the Dream Deck. Totally different console, but it's easy to see how they might be confused…

Now wait for Stream Deck!
Eike 28 Jan
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Better than Steam Dreck(*)!

(*) German: dirt
Quoting: ShabbyX
Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: ArehandoroLast night I dreamed that I was the first customer to receive the console, but somehow felt small, light and with a tiny screen. I mustn't read GOL before going to sleep xD
No no, see, that was the Dream Deck. Totally different console, but it's easy to see how they might be confused…

Now wait for Stream Deck!
Don't have to, it's already out!
slaapliedje 29 Jan
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Quoting: Philadelphus
Quoting: ArehandoroLast night I dreamed that I was the first customer to receive the console, but somehow felt small, light and with a tiny screen. I mustn't read GOL before going to sleep xD
No no, see, that was the Dream Deck. Totally different console, but it's easy to see how they might be confused…
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wof8317 3 Feb
Mine's after Q2 2022, but keeping my money aside and waiting until I get my long awaited invitation. Can't wait!
I am interested in the Deck, but I'm not going to be an early adopter. I'll let the guinea pigs go first and then decide if I want to buy after they've found all the problems.
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