With the release of the Steam Deck OLED and the Steam Deck OLED Limited Edition tomorrow, Valve has given out a little bit more info on how they plan to combat scalpers.
Firstly, there is a Limited Edition model with a smoky translucent shell that's only available for the USA / Canada but the rest of the line of Steam Deck OLED are not limited. The normal 512GB and 1TB Steam Deck OLED models will be available globally where the existing LCD Steam Deck is. I've seen a surprising amount of people confused on this across the net thinking the Steam Deck OLED as a whole is limited but it's not.
For the special Limited Edition version Valve has said:
- You need to be in the United States or Canada.
- Your account needs to be in good standing.
- Your account needs to have made a purchase on Steam before November 2023.
- Only one unit may be purchased per account.
If their experiment with this extra Limited Edition model goes well, we may see others come in future.
Additionally, their FAQ also notes for the normal 512GB and 1TB Steam Deck OLED models you will only be able to purchase "1 model of Steam Deck OLED per customer per week" but they plan to relax that when they're confident they can meet demand.
They will switch to the reservation queue if needed and email people when it's ready but Valve also said "we will be refreshing inventory of Steam Deck regularly, and do not foresee long queue times like we saw with the Steam Deck LCD launch".
All models go live at the same time at 10AM PST / 6PM UTC on November 16th on the Steam Deck store.
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