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We're about to see a whole lot more people gaming on Linux, with a shiny Steam Deck arriving at the door of many people across Asia. ICYMI: Valve hit a home run with the first year of Steam Deck.

On the official OnDeck Twitter account, Valve announced "The wait is over! Steam Decks are now shipping out to customers who reserved units in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan!" so it will be thoroughly interesting to see what happens from now.

That really will be a ridiculously large bump for the amount of Steam Deck gamers, and will no doubt from January / February onwards show some movement on the Steam Hardware Survey, which keeps showing a new high for the Linux user share since it uses SteamOS 3 Linux.

Additionally, Valve just recently bumped all the recent Beta changes to Stable for the Steam Deck Client (not the OS). In the announcement Valve said "We have just shipped an updated Steam Client to the Stable (default) channel. This update includes all the changes and improvements that have been undergoing testing in the Beta and Preview channels." and also noted these additional fixes added:

  • Fixed gamepad focus issues in Steam store.
  • Fixed footer buttons sometimes not appearing in Steam store.
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Viesta2015 17 Dec, 2022
always good to see more people getting the steam deck.
Purple Library Guy 17 Dec, 2022
Good news! Hmmm . . .
QuoteJapan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan!
When it comes to Asia, aren't we kind of missing an elephant here?
Philadelphus 17 Dec, 2022
Yeah, I don't see Vietnam anywhere on that list!
Koopacabras 17 Dec, 2022
more like a fraction of Asia, they are forgetting Indonesia, Vietman, China, India?
once the Steam Deck hits Latam I'll bet the same thing will be replicated, only "select" countries will be included, sadge :(
Eike 17 Dec, 2022
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Quoting: Purple Library GuyGood news! Hmmm . . .
QuoteJapan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan!
When it comes to Asia, aren't we kind of missing an elephant here?

Two, of similar size, actually.
Lightkey 18 Dec, 2022
I don't even mind the exaggeration for the amount of countries but when it's two island nations, one almost island nation, and an almost island region which are right next to each other, then it's hardly "across Asia". People forget that Asia extends as far west as Turkey, or Cyprus, which is in the European Union.
redneckdrow 18 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Purple Library GuyGood news! Hmmm . . .
QuoteJapan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan!
When it comes to Asia, aren't we kind of missing an elephant here?

Two, of similar size, actually.

I, for one, will never consider a certain "People's Republic" to be the legitimate government of the beautiful land they currently tyrannize! I won't mention it by name, as I've seen how vindictive their hired script-kiddies can be. Not only that, but I have a family member who was a U.S. Marine stationed there after WW2.

No one should support genocide. I pray for the U's every night.

Yes, I would have preferred that SYS had lived; CKS led a very unstable government that was little better than the current one, but at least it was sort of Democratic! Far better than what they got. Not for nothing, but at least SYS was a decent Christian (bigamy aside). CKS was a devout but hypocritical one. Both are better than that imbecile currently in power.

That said, I assume most gamers from there aren't very political, so I do feel somewhat upset for them. But then, extremely few use Linux there when so many machines run warez copies of Windows, from what I understand. The deck probably isn't even on their radar.

No excuse for India though. Valve should've released it there, that's an enormous market to miss.


Last edited by redneckdrow on 30 December 2022 at 11:45 pm UTC
damarrin 18 Dec, 2022
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Omg, silly Valve, you tell them people how they missed the two huge “release in India” and “release in China” buttons in their hardware distribution software.
tonR 18 Dec, 2022
It does make sense that Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (ROC) got the Deck first as they have fairly sizeable Linux community especially Taiwan.

For Hong Kong, say whatever you want but it is still the most free market capitalist region in Asia. So it make sense (and lots of cents) for Valve to sell the Deck over there.

p/s:

QuoteSteam Deck now shipping across *Asia,
*Mostly East Asia
Eike 18 Dec, 2022
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Quoting: tonRIt does make sense that Japan, South Korea and Taiwan (ROC) got the Deck first as they have fairly sizeable Linux community especially Taiwan.

I guess that most Steam Deck customers don't care for Linux though.
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