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Valve teams with Komodo to bring the Steam Deck to Asia

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Some huge news for the future of the Steam Deck, as Valve has announced a teaming up with Komodo for the release of the Steam Deck in Asia. This is absolutely massive considering the size of the potential playerbase there, and the continued expansion only continue to show how all-in Valve are with this device.

From the press release:

"We hope that gamers in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan agree with us that the performance and design of the Steam Deck makes it a great way to play the games they know and love," said Gabe Newell, President and CEO of Valve.

"We are very excited to be working with Komodo to bring Steam Deck to Asia. We have worked with the team at Komodo for years, and we have high confidence that they'll help us make customers very happy," says Greg Coomer of Valve.

"We are honored to deliver Steam Deck to gamers in Asia, and look forward to showcasing it and our first in-house game in Kyoto this weekend and at Tokyo Game Show next month," said Ricky Uy, CEO of Komodo.

Reservations for Asia will use a different reservation queue, so it will not affect anywhere else.

The first units are targeted to arrive in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan late this year which can be ordered from the dedicated Steam Deck site on Komodo. It will start off with Japan with additional units going on to Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan "in the weeks immediately following". Not only that, Valve also plans to be at BitSummit and the Tokyo Game Show.

Starting prices:

  • Ľ59,800 in Japan
  • NT$ 13,380 in Taiwan
  • HK$ 3,288 in Hong Kong
  • KRW 589,000 in Korea

From the site, it looks like Asia will be getting a slightly different type of carrying case too:

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const Aug 4, 2022
My guess is Linux Gaming in Asia will grow exponentially with this step :D
shigutso Aug 4, 2022
Pengling Aug 4, 2022
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Hopefully the trend of big Japanese developers like Square-Enix paying due heed to the Steam Deck will continue alongside this. Admittedly I really want this to be the case personally because of Konami's upcoming Super Bomberman R 2 being on Steam day-and-date with the consoles this time (it's due out sometime in 2023 - I'd guess mid-year to coincide with the series' 40th anniversary in July), but it's obviously a big step for a platform like the Deck to compete with the likes of the Nintendo Switch as well, which has the backing of a lot of those devs.

Actually, on that note, does anyone know how Valve's fees/requirements/etc. compare with those of the major console manufacturers? That's another interesting part of the same picture, for me.

Last edited by Pengling on 4 August 2022 at 10:10 am UTC
AdamRHargreaves Aug 4, 2022
Well that was a welcome surprise!!! There's a 512gb order gone in...
Eike Aug 4, 2022
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Quoting: AdamRHargreavesWell that was a welcome surprise!!! There's a 512gb order gone in...

What delivery estimations do you get?
shigutso Aug 4, 2022
Quoting: EikeWhat delivery estimations do you get?

"Customers with reservations in these new regions will be able to order their Steam Decks starting later this year."
BlackBloodRum Aug 4, 2022
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QuoteĽ59,800 in Japan
Hmm? Shouldn't this be yen? I've never seen it put like that before.

Shouldn't it be JPY, JP¥、 59、800円、¥59、800。 etc ?
Eike Aug 4, 2022
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QuoteThere’s a dock, too.

... and then...

QuoteOops, there ain't.

dorron Aug 4, 2022
Meanwhile me: Where's my Steam Deck????
Purple Library Guy Aug 4, 2022
Good news. Not a surprise, considering Deck updates have been including things like implementing Asian keyboards.
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