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Valve might send Steam Deck purchase emails twice a week

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Keep an even closer eye on your inbox, as Valve has announced that we might see reservation emails for the Steam Deck go out twice a week sometimes now.

Each Monday is the usual day for new emails to go out, so people sitting waiting can finally put their Steam Deck order through. That might change some weeks, as Valve explained on Twitter today:

Welcome to Q2! We've just sent out the first set of order emails to Q2 reservers (in order of reservation time). Starting today we're ramping up Steam Deck shipments, and will be sending more order availability emails every week. Sometimes even twice a week!

Update: in a reply to someone it was clarified as Monday and Thursday.

Since people were getting confused somehow on what a quarter is during a year, Valve also a little while ago updated the Steam Deck page to show the months in brackets for when you can expect an email to come through. A refresher as apparently some people need it:

  • January, February, and March (Q1)
  • April, May, and June (Q2)
  • July, August, and September (Q3)
  • October, November, and December (Q4)

Really good to know Valve are able to ramp up production now, as they did say previously they were expecting hundreds of thousands from this month onwards.

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bisbyx Apr 4, 2022
I imagine that if they have hundreds of thousands, for a reservation that was $5, they will have a lot of people back out. So if they send out 25,000 emails today, that gives people until Thursday to say yes or no. If only 10,000 people say yes, then they have a whole batch of 15,000 leftover, which is large enough to warrant sending out a batch of emails for. I imagine any twice a week sends are based around people backing out, rather than increased supply (I imagine they would be able to predict an increase in supply, whereas they can't predict people backing out).
Bogomips Apr 4, 2022
Maybe trimester would have been easier to understand?

I'm confused that it needs to be explained but English is not my native language so…
ShabbyX Apr 4, 2022
Quoting: bisbyx(I imagine they would be able to predict an increase in supply, whereas they can't predict people backing out).

Except when dealing with large population statistics. Pretty sure after a few weeks the back-out rate has become pretty well-known and stable.
Purple Library Guy Apr 4, 2022
Quoting: BogomipsMaybe trimester would have been easier to understand?

I'm confused that it needs to be explained but English is not my native language so…
Unfortunately it would have been incorrect. A year has three trimesters (hence "tri"), but four quarters.
Blue22 Apr 4, 2022
I got it today
ShabbyX Apr 5, 2022
Quoting: Blue22I got it today

... And so they were not heard from ever since. The end.
BlackBloodRum Apr 5, 2022
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I'm still Q3, thankfully I'm no longer "After Q2" - which means I can financially plan for Q3. As such, I picked my self up two new Yubikeys for work using some of my steam deck fund . I'll put the money back between now and July.

But like most people, I also use GNUCash to manage all my personal finances with a complete breakdown of my personal income/expenses, such as what I purchased, how much it cost me, how much I've spent through each quarter/year and that goes along with what my savings are and what they are intended for, the savings goals etc etc etc.

I also use it for business accounting, but that's a whole other thing.

But I've been doing it for years, so it's nothing new to me and gives me more reason to love FOSS software
mahagr Apr 5, 2022
Good that you reminded me! I just got email from Valve to get my 64GB steam deck!
soulsource Apr 5, 2022
Quoting: BogomipsMaybe trimester would have been easier to understand?

I'm confused that it needs to be explained but English is not my native language so…

Might be a cultural thing. Where I live the word trimester isn't used, and my thought process when I read it here was literally "semester means half-year, trimester has 'tri' in it, so it probably means one third of a year". Then I looked it up, and realized I was wrong and semester means six-months, trimester means three-months.
(Funny enough, it's not a language thing. The word Trimester actually exists in German, my native language...)

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: BogomipsMaybe trimester would have been easier to understand?

I'm confused that it needs to be explained but English is not my native language so…
Unfortunately it would have been incorrect. A year has three trimesters (hence "tri"), but four quarters.
I had to look it up (see above), and it's actually 3 months. The "mester" seems to come from "mensis", month.
ljrk Apr 5, 2022
Quoting: soulsourceI had to look it up (see above), and it's actually 3 months. The "mester" seems to come from "mensis", month.

Exactly, the latin numbers are unus, duo, tres, quattor, quinque, sex, septem, octo, novem, decem, undecim, duodecim, tredecim, quattordecim, quindecim, sedecim, ...

Which actually means that we should either call the number format with base 16 sedenary (or at least sedecimal) and octonary for base 8, when we also say binary or ternary; or say diodekadic, tesseradekadic, oktodekadic and hexadekadic for base 2, 4, 8 and 16 respectively. Hexadecimal is in itself absolutely weird, mixing the greek hexa prefix with the latin decimal suffix. Personally, I prefer hexadekadic over sedenary/sedecimal but that may be because I love the Greek language :-D
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